Phosphoros Theatre Company is a company creating performances by and for refugees and asylum seekers. In their first show at the Playhouse since it gained its Theatre of Sanctuary award, they brought their new work “All The Beds I Have Slept In” to Nottingham on 9th October. The performance is based on the lived experience of the actors, who all came to the UK as teenage asylum seekers between 2013 and 2020. Despite the hostile environment of the UK, having to tell and retell their stories and experiences to solicitors, social workers, and caseworkers and their bleak experiences, there are also stories of hope, kindness and friendships formed.
As a result of the kindness of the Phosphoros Theatre Company and the Playhouse, clients of Nottingham Arimathea Trust and students from the Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team (NEST) were a part of the audience for free. NEST is a full time educational provision for newly arrived young sanctuary seekers between the ages of 15 and 19, many of whom have had no formal education and no literacy in their first language.
Nottingham City of Sanctuary gratefully acknowledge Phosphoros Theatre for the use of their photograph.