Nightwood Theatre presents Refuge

by Mary Vingoe
directed by Kelly Thornton
Apr 19, 2016 – May 8, 2016 in the Rental Space
Opened Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Produced by Nightwood Theatre

Inspired by the award-winning CBC Radio documentary Habtom’s Path by Mary Lynk, Refuge offers a penetrating look into Canada’s refugee system and confronts the heightened paranoia that can so tragically disrupt our capacity to trust.

Eritrean army deserter Ayinom Zerisenai has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. But even as his plight wins the support of immigration lawyer Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions – and his current enigmatic behaviour – begin to haunt Pamel who has taken him under her roof. Are she and her husband harbouring a legitimate refugee – or a terrorist? A harrowing story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.

Refuge was developed through The Collaborations, an initiative of Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.

“An important, powerful and eye opening play.”  – The Chronicle Herald

Performance available for school groups on Wednesday, April 27 at 1:30pm. Please contact Taylor Trowbridge at 416 944-1740 or for details.

Approximate running time: 100 minutes

Please note this is not a Tarragon Theatre production. Refuge is produced by Nightwood Theatre and is having performances in Tarragon’s Extraspace. 

Cast and Crew

  • Mary Vingoe
  • Kelly Thornton