Piot Theatre tours Zana Fraillon’s moving refuge drama The Bone Sparrow

Yaamin Chowdhury is to star in Pilot Theatre’s production of The Bone Sparrow, S. Shakthidharan’s adaptation of Zana Fraillon’s award winning moving novel about a refugee who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre.

Chowdhury (Let Kilburn Shake, Kiln Theatre; Apple TV’s The Essex Serpent & Sky’s upcoming action-drama Extinction) plays Subhi, a refugee, born in an Australian detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland.

Life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. 

One night a scruffy, impatient girl called Jimmie appears from the other side of the wires and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. 

Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family’s mysterious and moving history. 

Subhi and Jimmie both look for a way to freedom as their tales unfold but not until each of them has been braver than ever before. 

The drama also features Mary Roubos (Separate Doors, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) as Jimmie; Elmi Rashid Elmi, Jum Faruq, Kiran L Dadlani, Siobhan Athwal, Devesh Kishore and Mackenzie Scott

The Bone Sparrow will be the third co-production between Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester, and York Theatre Royal who in 2018 formed a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences. 

While out on tour several of the connected education projects with the consortium partners will be working with local sanctuary-seeker and migrant communities. 

 The production has also been developed in association with the Australian Theatre for Young People and with the support of Bradford’s SBC Theatre, a group of creative professionals and artists who are committed to making work with, about and for those seeking sanctuary in the UK and internationally.

Directed by Pilot Theatre artistic director, Esther Richardson, The Bone Sparrow will open at York Theatre Royal from 25 February -5 March 2022.

Tour dates

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (March 8-12)

Derby Theatre (March 15-19)

Belgrade Theatre Coventry (March 22-26)

Mercury Theatre Colchester (March 29-April 2)

Theatre Peckham (April 7-23) 

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