Refugee performers bring the Calais Jungle to Brighton

Posted On 16 May 2017 at 12:27 am

Young refugees, among them two unaccompanied minors who live in Brighton, have brought Borderline, a satire about the Calais Jungle, to the Fringe.

While they are able to raise a laugh about their experiences at the hands of people smugglers, hostile police and officialdom, the serious plight of refugees is never far from the surface.

None of the actors in the Psychedelight Company is professional but French director Sophie NL Besse, who has run workshops in the Calais Jungle, has produced a thoroughly professional piece.

Full of energy, the performances of a cast acting out their experiences are thoroughly convincing, and the prosaic Abba song “I have a dream” is transformed into a moving refugee anthem which reduced many of the audience, including me, to tears.

Borderline offers a special insight into a life and death world that flashes before us on TV screens in an often superficial way.

It’s on again tonight (Tuesday 16 May) and tomorrow (Wednesday 17 May) at 7pm at The Warren, behind St Peter’s Church. Go and see it.

Tickets from the Fringe Box Office 01273 987516.

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