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A DIFFERENT PLACE Ampersand Media and Greenhouse Northwest present



Written by Robin Graham

Directed by Zoë Reason

Performed by Mark Stevenson
A Different Place will be touring nationally from May 6th 2005.

This comic and touching one-man show follows asylum-seeker Abel's attempts to create a new life for himself in Britain.

In Manchester he meets Janey. Is love to be found here, as well as a new home? Can Abel find a way to deal with the tragedy of his past life and learn to laugh again?

Winner of the Yvonne Arnaud/Stop-Gap Theatre 'Feet First' competition, A Different Place is produced by Ampersand Media and Greenhouse Northwest

"A better advertisement for Amnesty International would be hard to find" - Frances Russell

"Compelling and vivid" - The Stage
The Show is not suitable for children under 13 years

The show opens on the 6th May 2005 and tours until 4th June 2005.

The piece deals with the whole issue of asylum - showing the human and personal side of a refugee's life. It also questions the current trend of detention without trial, which when the play was written was seen as something that only happened in 'non-democratic' countries. But also the play is a love story that shows that the human spirit can triumph over any obstacle.

The full script can be found online at:

The Writer

The writer is Manchester based Robin Graham. His plays include Growing Pains, for M6 Theatre Company; A Mother’s Perspective, for Greenhouse Northwest; Club Nemesis at the Green Room, Manchester. He is also a performance poet, and as Poet In Residence at Clitheroe Castle Museum during The Year Of The Artist, he wrote Crikey Mikey's Summer Holiday which was published by Ribble Valley Council. A Different Place and A Mother’s Perspective are published in the Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts.
Currently he is associate writer at the Green Room. 

The Actor

A Different Place is performed by Mark Stevenson. To be seen in cinemas later this year in The Last Horror Movie and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as the BBC's forthcoming Macbeth. Mark was a founding member of Scotland’s Theatre Babel for whom he performed in Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar. He has performed for numerous companies throughout Britain including Bill Kenwright, Polka and QDOS. TV work includes numerous appearances on The Big Breakfast and All Along the Watchtower for BBC Scotland


The Director


Zoë Reason did an MA in Theatre Directing at the University of East Anglia. Her directing credits include Storeys by Rachael McGill (The Finborough
Theatre, London), The BitchKiss season of plays at the BAC (included plays by Stella Duffy, Margaret Hollingsworth and Shelley Silas), Howard Barker's
The Early Hours of a Reviled Man (The Finborough) and Judith (Studio, Norwich), Players in Paint (Norwich Playhouse).   She works in script development for Paines Plough and the BBC.  

Website Details:

Listings Information


6 May               University of Wales, Aberystwyth         conference performance
11 May             Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas       01556 504506                         7.30
12 May             Thornton Little Theatre                        01253 771144                        7.30
15 May             Chat’s Palace, London                         020 8533 0227                        8.00
18 May             Touchstones, Rochdale                       01706 864 986                        7.30
19 May             East Kilbride Arts Centre                      01355 261000                         8.00
20 May             Paisley Arts Centre                              0141 887 1010                        7.30
25 May             Salford Art Gallery                                closed performance
26 May             Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend              0191 200 7132                        7.30
27 May             Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford          01245 606505                         8.00
28 May             New Cut, Halesworth                           0845 6732123                         7.30
30 May             Lochinver Village Hall                           01571 844 262                        7.30
31 May             Kinlochbervie High School                   closed performance
1 June              Farr High School                                  closed performance
2 June              The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen                 01224 642 230                        7.30
3 June              Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit     01456 459224                         8.00
4 June              Chester Gateway                                 01244 340392                         7.30

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