Yorkshire based Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company has been given the opportunity to present an extract of their new drama ‘TANJA’ at the Houses of Parliament, as part of the Sanctuary in Parliament event.

Following the huge success of last year’s event, this year will focus on detention, destitution and safe and legal routes including the resettlement of Syrian refugees. They will be bringing asylum seekers and refugees from across the UK to tell their stories and to celebrate the freedom to speak and the progress made since the launch of the Birmingham Declaration in 2014.

TANJA is based on true-life events – it tells the story of a detainee named Tanja who arrived in the UK aged 10 with her Roma family on false documents, her conviction for a street robbery meant she was sentenced to a deportation as a foreign criminal. This landed her in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre where hundreds of women are brought every year, often victims of rape and horrific abuse. A campaign is currently underway to end the detention of women who seek asylum – this is the story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse.

The full production will be touring the country in September 2016 so keep an eye out and visit www.strawberryblondecurls.com for more information.

Pictured: Stawberry Blond Curls writer Rosie, and producer John.

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