Theatre company SBC tells Sheffielders' stories of migration to celebrate 10th birthday

Stand and Be Counted Theatre, the UK’s first theatre company of sanctuary, which has have strong links to Sheffield, have announced 10 projects to mark its 10th anniversary.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 9:38 am

The celebrations will begin with the release of Where We Are, a documentary film made in Sheffield with Tafadzwa Muchenje.

It tells the real-life story of Taf and the fight against an injustice caused by a Home Office admin error.

The film premieres on October 1 at the UK's first festival of sanctuary, Journeys Festival International.

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Interactive game Have Your Passport Ready

Have Your Passport Ready (October 23) is a virtual video game-style experience looking at the UK's hostile environment for migrants.

Led by brothers Khaled and Mohammad Aljawad from Syria, now based in Sheffield, it explores an unknown city without an interpreter as audiences become players collecting evidence to prove their right to remain in the UK.

A guest residency at Sheffield Hallam University will explore SBC’s processes and practices for their Ideas into Action module on the BA acting and performance course.

Members of SBC Theatre in the Crucible foyer in Sheffield

Other projects will include Signal Fires, a nationwide outdoor storytelling event where SBC will feature alongside established touring theatre companies.

SBC Theatre is also commissioning three new pieces by artists from around the world now based in the UK.

Sheffield, the first City of Sanctuary, played a key role in helping to develop the company and co-founder John Tomlinson is a producer for Sheffield Theatres.

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