Lampedusa, a devastatingly powerful play by one of Britain’s most exciting political writers, is about being better than our rulers think we are.
Lampedusa: A Story of Two Europes
Acclaimed play by Anders Lustgarten
Evening Performance Saturday 2 March
7pm No Pasaran Main Auditorium
Book Tickets £3 – £5 …
This performance of the devastatingly powerful play from one of the Britain’s most exciting political writers, award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, A Day at the Racists, Black Jesus), will take place on 2 March evening, after the conference No Pasaran: Confronting the Rise of the Far-Right, which is being attended by representatives from countries across Europe.
In 2018, 4,000 people drowned trying to get to Europe in rickety migrant boats. The UK government responded by eliminating support for the main rescue programme.
One man’s job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; the sea that gave birth to the world. And in the UK, a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. In a story of divide and rule, two strangers strive to find human connection in a world of separation. This is the story of two Europes – one that people are desperate to enter, and one that people are desperate to keep for themselves.
Lampedusa is a play about being better than our rulers think we are.
A brave excursion into the dark waters of mass migration
Review by Michael Billington, The Guardian (****)Anders Lustgarten’s drama boldly contrasts the lives of a fisherman retrieving the bodies of refugees drowned at sea and a Chinese-British woman who collects debts for a payday loan company… This brave, bold and moving play tackles the subject of mass migration seriously and, just as in Shrapnel he reminded us that bombs kill people, Lustgarten here shows that behind the horrendous statistics of drowned refugees or scare stories in the press about supposed benefit scroungers lie tragic individual lives.
!No Pasaran! Confronting the Rise of the Far-Right