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  • Playwright

    Rosemary Jenkinson 

  • Synopsis

    Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking. Based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers, local support workers and community organisations, this play explores how asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation. It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    25 October 2017

  • Producer

    Produced by Kabosh

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at S13 Belfast as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival. 

Original Cast  
Asha Racquel McKee
Various Julie Maxwell
Various Tony Flynn
Production Team  
Director Paula McFetridge
Administrator Edel Murphy
Community Liaison Officer Bobbi Rae-Purdy
Producer Dominic Montague
Producer Zoe Fox
Technical Stage Manager Chris Fitzpatrick
Deputy Stage Manager Seána Green
Production Manager Damian Cox
Production Image Conor McClure
Choreographer Sandy Cuthbert
Dialect Coach Brendan Gunn
Composer Donal O'Connor
Costume Designer Liz Cullinane
Video Designer Conan McIvor
Set Designer Stuart Marshall
Administrator Kathy Young
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rosemary Jenkinson

  • Address

    c/o Lyric Theatre
    55 Ridgeway Street
    Belfast BT9 5FB
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    +44 (0)2890385685

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.