Promotional image by Sabina Tudor

Promotional image by Sabina Tudor

Creative Team:

Director-writers: Sînziana Koenig & Nico Vaccari

Actors: (ensemble tbc) 

Associate Artists: R&D participants A and U

Sound Designer: Dan Balfour

Producer: Claire Gilbert

Image credit: Sabina Tudor


Malia Bouattia, journalist and activist, previous president of National Union of Students

Dr. Monish Bhatia, activist and lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck University


Also consulted:

Dr. Umut Erel, Dr. Freddie Laker, Alexandra Bulat, Dr. Olivia Vicol, Jenny Barrett and Participant H


the first part of our cycle of new protest-theatre plays

tickets on sale for the rehearsed reading

28th January 2019 6.15 PM Camden people’s theatrE LONDON

"Well I would like to ask the British what visa they had when they ruled us for 150 years?” 

- S, interviewed in September 2018, London

ILLEGALISED is an international, multi-lingual production and world premiere of a new political text exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK. ILLEGALISED ruthlessly investigates the ‘Immigration Industrial Complex’ and the vast profit made by the Home Office and its corporate partners from the illegalisation of human beings.

ILLEGALISED is a direct response to MY NAME IS OTHER, a fully-funded research and development period in London, Bedford, Daventry and Sheffield investigating ‘othering’, structural racism in the UK and Britain’s violent colonial past. The text for ILLEGALISED is a response to the material gathered while interviewing 34 migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum as well as activists and academics in the field of racism, state violence and colonialism. The participants we spoke to came from 4 continents, 29 countries and all economic backgrounds, most having fled poverty or political unrest provoked by British and European colonial rule or armed by British security firms.

ILLEGALISED is the first in BÉZNĂ’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

"It’s even worse [than colonial times] because this one is done through paperwork (…) but where these laws are being made you can’t accuse anybody, you will accuse just a big office, Home Office…"

- NN, interviewed in November 2018, London


Northern Stage, champions ambitious and adventurous creativity in Newcastle

Theatre Deli, arts charity changing people’s views about their creative potential

Camden People’s Theatre, London venue committed to unconventional theatre

Bookmarks, largest socialist bookshop in the UK

LMRN, Lewisham Migrant and Refugee Network

AFRIL, Action for Refugees in Lewisham

Romanian Cultural Institute

Applecart Arts Theatre, community based theatre in Plaistow, London.

Work Rights Centre, charity helping migrants exit precarious work


Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April 2019

Applecart Arts, London, Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 April 2019

Camden People’s Theatre, London,  Tuesday 30 April – Thursday 2 May 2019

Slung Low, Leeds, Sunday 5 May 2019 (pay what you can)

Royal Exchange, Manchester, Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 May 2019

Northern Stage, Newcastle, Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 May 2019 (on sale soon)