The human face of asylum

By Simon Barrow
March 11, 2008

The treatment of asylum seekers in Britain it isn't an "issue", it's about real people, as a powerful London play demonstrates.

Anthony Barnett, of the excellent OpenDemocracy, writes: "If you want to recharge your batteries of humanity, try to get into to see the play Motherland, directed by Juliet Stevenson. I went to cover it for OurKingdom ( It was going to be a single performance at the Young Vic. It was packed out and because of the demand they are now going to put on just two more performances, both on Saturday 15 March.

"The play is skilful and engrossing, a mixture of drama and performance, witness and testimony, music and reporting. Its theme is the treatment and responses of children and mothers held in indefinite detention here in the UK because they are asylum seekers."

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