The full cast is today announced for the return of Tim Cowbury’s The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall following its debut sell-out run in 2018.
Mark Maughan directs Nick Blakeley (A), Tonderai Munyevu (Serge) and Indra Ové (B). The production opens on 20 February, with previews from 18 February and runs until 7 March.
A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society.
Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?
A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.
Writer Tim Cowbury, and director Mark Maughan today said, “The story of The Claim began here in London, gaining its first flash of attention in a packed room at Shoreditch Town Hall. It’s a story that has unfolded since 2015, with the help of hundreds of refugees helping us to capture the absurd circularity of the Home Office’s asylum interviews and it’s attached bureaucracy. These interviews happen daily, up and down the UK and The Claim aims to highlight the quotidian nature of these life changing interactions. We want to continue to create a more nuanced and compassionate response to the global migration crisis, following a decade that should have shaken the foundations of such a system.
“We return to Shoreditch with a brilliantly talented mixture of old and new cast members, and huge excitement for the resounding climax to this long journey we’ve been on.”