Join us for a celebration of Nottingham Refugee Week 2023!

Nottingham Playhouse, an accredited Theatre of Sanctuary, will once again be marking and celebrating Nottingham Refugee Week.  On Friday 23 June we will be holding an evening of performances from local and international artists, showcasing work that centres on this year’s Nottingham Refugee Week theme, Compassion.  

The event is for everyone, and is free for refugees and people seeking asylum to attend (please call our Box Office on 0115 941 9419 to claim these tickets).  Tickets for everyone else are charged at £5. 

This event is a fundraiser for our work with refugees, in particular the Nottingham Playhouse Conversation Café, where refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed into our building every week for a free hot drink, a chat and to practice their English language skills in a relaxed setting.

What to expect

We’ve got a wide array of performers and mediums lined up for you to enjoy, including a film, spoken word, music, poetry, and more!

Join us for an exclusive showing of Looking for You, a verbatim film that uses headphones and actors to explore familial relationships in Vietnamese culture. We’ll also be hosting a Q&A with one of the creative team responsible for the work. Check out more about the film in the section below.

Later in the evening, we’ll be joined by a brilliant crop of local artists performing work that explores themes of compassion and migration through poetry, spoken word and music.


Looking for You

A bilingual poignant and insightful film that weaves a rich tapestry of intergenerational stories through unfiltered conversations that examine the mother-daughter relationship in Vietnamese culture. Set in a cinematic metaphorical setting of “home”, the film evokes this sacred space where the discussion ranges from survival, shame, sacrifice, and the language of love: food.

The film invites the audience to engage with these stories through the unique technique of headphone verbatim which gathers testimonies from living people. Anna Nguyen & Kristine Landon Smith worked with Vietnamese researchers In Hanoi, London, Manchester and Sydney to conduct interviews that lay the foundations of the content of the film. Universal themes emerge through the specific stories of each mother-daughter relationship, and all expose the common need to understand the past.

Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by New Earth Theatre, HOME Manchester, The Albany and Bankstown Arts Centre