When confronted with a human face of the refugee crisis, a cleaner tries to find balance between her family and philanthropy, between pragmatism and the need to do good.
Grace Chapman was inspired to write Don’t Look Away after her family became involved in hosting asylum seekers in their homes, and after former soldier Rob Lawrie was arrested for trying to smuggle a child refugee in his van.
In Don’t Look Away, a young asylum seeker enters a Bradford community centre. Covered in flour, he asks for help. Cath, a middle-aged cleaner, reluctantly lets him stay in her son’s empty bedroom. It is a split-second decision that will change her life forever.
Don’t Look Away shifts the attention away from the Government’s response to the international refugee crisis and onto our individual power to make a difference. A timely production exploring the impact of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ on those who witness it.
When: 7th – 18th May 2019
Where: Pleasance, Carpenters Mews, North Rd, London N7 9EF
£: Tickets cost £16 or £14 for concessions