Based on a series of interviews with female Somalian refugees and support workers
A hard-hitting, powerful new production based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers and their support workers is coming to Ards Arts Centre on Wednesday 1 November. Written by Rosemary Jenkinson and directed by Paula McFetridge, Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing conflict becomes trapped in a different struggle - the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking.
Based on a series of interviews with female Somalian refugees, support workers and community organisations, Kabosh’s newest production is a poignant new drama exploring how recent migrants navigate the necessary support systems through translation. How disempowering and frustrating this system can be. How dehumanising the multi-layered hierarchy of language knowledge is. How time is controlled by those it least affects.
Paralleling the timeline and ritual of a traditional wedding with that of dealing with the bureaucracy of seeking asylum, it 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. It 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.