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Grace Chapman

Residency Dates: Tue 30 May – Sun 4 Jun 2017

Throughout this residency playwright Grace Chapman developed Leave to Remain, a new play exploring the UK’s response to the migrant crisis and the ripple effect of displacement. When Cath, a cleaner from Bradford, invites Adnan, a young Syrian, to share her home, their relationship grows into one of care and companionship, spiralling to the point where she is faced with the impossible choice; should she risk her life and family to help Adnan be united with his?

During this residency Grace collaborated with Director Nicholas Pitt (Bimingham Rep), movement director Dan Canham (The National’s Peter Pan & Jane Eyre) and producers Ellie Simpson (Idle Motion) and Fiona Bradley (Frantic Assembly) to hold writing and movement workshops with charities from across the UK who work with asylum seekers and refugees. In these workshops they explored the community they are forming and develop a theatrical language for the show, one that is grounded in authenticity and collaboration.

Leave to Remain will be a play about families divided by an unstable world, an examination of the friction and friendships blossoming in a post-Brexit Britain and a chance to educate audiences on the realities faced by asylum seekers in the UK. This artsdepot residency will provide the foundations needed to develop Leave to Remain into a powerful piece of theatre about an urgent and contemporary issue, one that asks the audience; how far would you go to help another human in need? 

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