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Pizza Shop Heroes

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We’re going to tell you our stories how WE want to.
You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not.
I am not here to make your conscience feel better.
I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.

Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016, this unique emerging company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous
journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work. From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons.

Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.

Tewodros Aregawe
Kate Duffy
Goitom Fesshaye
Emirjon Hoxhaj
Syed Haleem Najibi

Performances at:

Derby Theatre
Saturday 2 February 2019

Spazzju Kreattiv (as part of the Lost in Migration conference), Valletta, Malta 21 February 2019

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 21 March

Slough Curve 6 April

Nottingham Playhouse 18 and 19 June 

South Street Reading 10 and 11 July

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3-11 August (venue yet to be announced)

Leicester Curve
17 August

Theatre Royal, Norwich
25 October

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of dates. Further dates will be announced. Stay updated here or on Twitter @WeArePhosphoros

Pizza Shop Heroes is an illuminating and innovative presentation of the asylum seekers’ journey. It will change your perception. It will make you understand more. It is a play that should be seen by all.

Pizza Shop Heroes is a declaration of strength, willpower and the whole-hearted embrace of life, engineered by people who have climbed mammoth obstacles to perform it. It’s inspiring, humbling and deeply moving.