Immigration Lawyer Helps Stage Theatre Performance


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In support of Refugee Week, Simpson Millar’s head of Immigration has helped secure a stage for a one-off theatre performance about statelessness and nationality.

Free to Stay is a unique production by Displace Yourself Theatre. It will be performed just once, on 30 June in Leeds, by Jennifer Nevin and Mike Auger who sought inspiration from the experiences of displaced communities, and from their own work with the British Red Cross.

Last year, Emma Brooksbank who is head of Immigration Leeds at Simpson Millar watched a performance by the duo, about the plight of asylum seekers, to coincide with Refugee Week 2016 – an event which she is a long-term supporter of.

Emma set out to find a stage for the group and secured a deal for a one-off performance at a newly established venue: the Interplay Theatre on Armley Ridge Road.

Emma says: "Many of us take our nationality for granted, but once in a while we should stop and consider just how lucky we are to have somewhere we belong."

"In the wake of a heated EU debate, we really need to talk about immigration in a new and more positive way."

"Refugee Week is a hugely important event; it gives us the chance to celebrate Britain’s cultural diversity. This is an opportunity to switch the narrative from the plight and difficulty of refugees and asylum seekers, to the positive influence these people have had, and continue to have, on our communities."

Free to Stay will be performed on 30 June from 19:30 to 20:30 and tickets are free.
Interplay Theatre - Armley Ridge Road Armley, Leeds, LS12 3LE

Free to Stay will be performed on 30 June from 19:30 to 20:30 and tickets are free.

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