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The Scar Test

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The Bohemian Balcony

Jennings Street

Rodbourne

Swindon

SN2 2BD

United Kingdom

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Untold Arts presents the world premiere of The Scar Test, a new play by Soho Theatre Westminster Prize award-winning writer Hannah Khalil, which opens on 21 June during Refugee Week 2017 and offers a powerful and disturbing snapshot of life inside the infamous Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Based on verbatim interviews and extensive research, The Scar Test depicts the controversial and unsettling conditions faced by the women detained there, highlighting the urgent, widely unknown reality of immigration control in Britain.


Described as a "place of national concern" by the Prisons Watchdog in 2015, Yarl's Wood is one of 11 similar detention centres around the UK where residents are held awaiting immigration clearance or deportation. A controversial centre that houses women refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom came to the UK fleeing torture and abuse, including sexual violence. The Scar Test tells the fictional stories of 11 female characters held in this disturbing place, where those most in need are kept under lock and key and denied basic human rights. Their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and they are offered minimal medical assistance.

Taking its title from a procedure used to determine whether detainees have undergone torture in their home countries (despite the fact not all forms of torture leave external scars), The Scar Test uses physical theatre, humour and multiple languages to provide a compelling snapshot of daily life at the Centre.



ABOUT UNTOLD ARTS

Through ensemble theatre, either devised or new writing, Untold brings to the stage stories from history that are unknown and stories from the present day that are not being talked about. Previous productions include Catalina - based on a true story of Catherine of Aragon's Moorish Muslim maid, and Lady Unknown - about the real relationship between Angela Burdett Coutts and Charles Dickens. The Scar Test is an original script commissioned by Untold Arts, who have nurtured its development since its inception in 2014.

Untold is passionate about working in its communities. It provides outreach workshops on devising theatre and paid internships for those not in education, employment or training to support their career development in the theatre industry.

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Jennings Street

Rodbourne

Swindon

SN2 2BD

United Kingdom

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