WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Two raucous comedies based on absolute truth (mostly), however absurd and unimaginable... With immigration rules changing on almost a daily basis, racist vans circling North London, and the current government debating Britain's involvement in the European Union, we thought it was the perfect time to explore the truth about immigration through satire, farce... and the occasional exaggeration! The two plays are: A Border Story - When Brian, who is from the UK, and his American wife are refused their UK marriage visa, they must move to another EU country in order to return to England on a European Economic Area Family Permit. This is a completely autobiographical (and slightly surreal) account of Paradigm's Artistic Director's own visa nightmare. The Utility People - When middle class liberals Chloe and Jake discover immigrants living in their utility cupboard, they agree to let them stay in return for doing the cleaning, cooking, and so much more. A completely true story (and not-at-all a ham-fisted allegory) from the UK Home Office files.
Running time: 1hr 15 with interval.