As a violent civil war rages back home, teenager Alem and his father are in a B&B in Berkshire. It’s Alem’s best holiday ever. The next morning, his father is gone. He’s left a note explaining that Alem needs to be protected from the war; and his protection is to be Britain. This strange grey country is now Alem’s home.
Originally a best-selling novel by Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy was adapted for the stage by playwright and poet Lemn Sissay. Refugee Boy is a story about arriving, belonging and ¬finding home. It premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 9 March 2013.