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Ilé La Wà @ New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

  • New Theatre Royale Portsmouth 20 - 24 Guildhall Walk Portsmouth PO1 2DD United Kingdom (map)
photo by Jolade Olusanya

photo by Jolade Olusanya

You have chosen Britain but has it chosen you?

Caught in the web of the government’s hostile environment as collateral damage or target, four strangers’ lives are interrupted when they can’t produce ID in a spot check. What follows in the holding room, where they wait for verification of their legal statuses, is a course of interrogations of self and each other, laying bare the realities of always being ‘the other’ in a place you call home.

“Ilé La Wà takes you on a journey of emotions…allowing you to appreciate your own journey no matter how difficult it may be” (Afridiziak).  The Windrush scandal and a succession of Brexit immigration blunders have caused a growing sense of unease. In this rollercoaster described by Exeunt as ‘a strongly and beautifully worded reclamation of what it means to be and to belong’, Ilé La Wà challenges:

How do you belong to a place that doesn’t see you?