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Lives in Translation

Downpatrick Courthouse

Tue 31 October 2017 Tue 31 October 2017

Lives in Translation

Produced by Kabosh Theatre Company, Lives in Translation will premiere as part of the 2017 Belfast International Festival and go on tour to Downpatrick Courthouse on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Written by Rosemary Jenkinson and directed by Paula McFetridge, Lives in Translation is based on a series of interviews with female Somali refugees, support workers and community organisations.


The play looks at the realities of the immigration process and the difficulties faced by those caught up in its systems. It also highlights the controlling nature of language and the power (and powerlessness) which it can bring to bear on those seeking asylum and safe harbour.


Paralleling the timeline and ritual of a traditional wedding with that of dealing with the bureaucracy of seeking asylum, the performance spans a 10-year period and skirts between London, Dublin, Mogadishu and Belfast. It celebrates the human survival instinct whilst not shying away from the horrors of war.


Lives in Translation asks difficult questions about our social justice systems. It challenges individuals who have made assumptions without knowing the facts. It gives voice to our new citizens and empowers them whilst bearing witness to their stories.


Date:     Tuesday 31st October 2017


Time:     8pm


Price:     £10 / £8 concession


Venue:   Downpatrick Courthouse


Presented by: Kabosh Theatre Company