Pizza Shop Heroes
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.
HOME, Orbit Festival, Manchester
4 and 5 October
University of York
Friday 11 October
Stories and Supper, Ledbury
Saturday 12 October
Ashbourne Methodist Church, Derbyshire 19 October
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Saturday 23 November
**Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of dates. Further dates will be announced. Stay updated here or on Twitter @WeArePhosphoros
NORTH WEST END REVIEW *****
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.
Previous tour venues:
Camden People’s Theatre, London
The Bunker Theatre, London
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Theatre Deli Sheffield
Kiln Theatre, Cinema
South Street Arts Centre
Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe