Eye Of A Needle
by Chris MacDonald
27th August to 20th September, 2015
Southwark Playhouse Price £18/£16 concessions BUY TICKETS
Laurence loves to go out, get wrecked and rave to dubstep. He pays for it with a job at UK Immigration Control. Deciding who does or doesn’t get to stay in the country is hard enough without a hangover.
Ugandan gay rights activist Natale Bamadi finally makes it to the coveted shores of the United Kingdom but neither she nor Laurence can be prepared for what happens when her high profile case is dropped onto his desk.
Provocative, topical and savagely funny, Eye of a Needle gets under the skin of a system branded by both Left and Right as ‘not fit for purpose’.
Chris Macdonald’s debut play has been under development with Out of Joint and was long-listed for the Bruntwood prize for playwriting.
Post Show Events
Tuesday 2 September Southwark Playhouse patron and Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP will join a panel including political journalist and activist Patrick Strudwick, the Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, Paul Dillane, and Ghada Rashid, a former asylum seeker, and others to discuss the UK immigration system and their treatment of gay asylum seekers in a ‘Question Time’ style debate.
UKLGIG at TATE MODERN
The World Is Flooding
Oreet Ashery: Group performance
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall
Saturday 12 July 2014, 17.00 – 18.30
A collaboration with Freedom From Torture (Write to Life group), UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group and Portugal Prints.
Since mid-2010 UKLGIG’s use of drama has seen its clients take part in Staying with artist Oreet Ashery and Artangel, perform in Wildworks’ participatory project Babel, create moving and impassioned poetry and drama for a Greenwich University international conference on LGBTI asylum, and explored the inspirational life of Una Marson in sell out performances at The Last Refuge, Peckham.
Alongside the group’s artistic achievements participants are offered the opportunity to socialise with other LGBTI people in a safe, supportive environment, learn vital new skills, gain confidence and represent themselves as they wish to be seen.
“I AM NOT AN ASYLUM SEEKER – I AM AN ARTIST”
“I AM NOT A CASE STUDY – THIS IS MY LIFE”
Prisoners of Words Unsaid is a moving collection of poems from asylum seekers and refugees, published by UKLGIG.
Huge thanks to Arts Council England, Erin Power, Jill Power, Sarah Chew, Calo Giametta, Dani Baker and Justice for Gay Africans for all their support, Michael Bell, Alasdair Stuart and Gareth Davies at MBARC for initiating the project and all the participants of The Hearts Unspoken Project through whom this booklet came about.