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DreamBIG Review: We Come From Far Far Away

A beautifully realised true story of the asylum seeker experience for two unaccompanied minors

A beautifully realised true story of the asylum seeker experience for two unaccompanied minors.
5

Presented by: NIE Theatre
Reviewed: 27 May, 2023

Two teenage boys flee the war in Aleppo, Syria, crossing Europe to new beginnings in Norway. This is their journey but it’s also that of millions of asylum seekers who are forced to flee and find somewhere to call home. 

Using just their wits, the two friends face fear, rejection, racism and hardship as the trauma they left behind is also carried with them. The ignorance of those they meet is balanced by the kindness of other strangers. But most importantly, this is not just a story. It’s a retelling of a genuine experience.

Developed by Asylum Centre Hvalstad Transittmottak in Norway, in conjunction with the people they support, We Come from Far Far Away is told with music, comedy and passion, bringing home the plight of refugees and asylum seekers across the world. It’s not a happy tale, but it’s told in an uplifting, heart-warming manner that turns out to be a story of friendship as much as it is one of survival.

The multicultural cast of four brings together performers from Norway, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. They’re one of many NIE Theatre troupes touring the world. 

This play educates and entertains both adults and young people alike, with the optional but all-too-important question and answer session that follows, giving audience members an opportunity to discuss and clarify the issues, and talk both about the asylum seeker journey and the process of putting together such an important work.

The cast is not only stellar but, along with their producer, they’re generous with their time and very giving of their knowledge and experiences. 

Sadly, only two performances on the same day didn’t give a lot of opportunity for people to see this outstanding piece of theatre. There needs to be more educational entertainment like this, and the DreamBIG Children’s Festival can be proud it’s highlighting a number of important issues that are not spoken about enough with our younger generation.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis

Photo credit: Tomas Lauvland Pettersen

Venue: Drama Centre Rehearsal Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: ended
Duration: 70 minutes plus post-show Q&A

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