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Refugee Week at Sherman     

Refugee Week at Sherman Sherman mark the UK wide Refugee Week 2009 with a special programme of events including top poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Iranian comedian Shappi Khorsandi from 15 – 20 June.

Top performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s unique form of poetry is influenced by the music of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His accessible and eclectic repertoire, accompanied by numerous television appearances, have made him one of the UK’s best loved performance poets. Benjamin performs at Sherman on Friday 19 June.

Iranian born Shappi Khorsandi became a refugee in the 80s after her family was forced to flee Iran, and has since made her name as a comedian and cultural commentator starring on various radio and television shows, most recently The Apprentice You’re Fired and Love at the Apollo! Shappi now comes to Sherman with her intelligent and funny one-woman show Asylum Speaker which draws on her personal experiences of leaving Tehran, on at Sherman on Thursday 18 June.

Rising US Comedian Sherri D Sutton presents Don’t Make Fun of Jesus on Monday 15 June. All proceeds from Sherri’s show will go towards the Kwyangwali Refugee settlement project in Uganda which helps young people orphaned and traumatised by the war in DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Sherri will also be running a comedy workshop class on Tuesday 16 June open to anyone and everyone interested in stand-up comedy.

Refugee week will also include something for families on Saturday 20 June with Little Leap Forward by Horse + Bamboo Theatre, a story based on a book by Guo Yue, about Yue’s childhood in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Sherman Cymru are also hosting three workshops that will run throughout Refugee Week for Asylum Seekers, refugees and local people. Cardiff based dance theatre group Earthfall hold a dance workshop where participants will create their own personal “Haka” and director and actor Robert Bowman will work on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, using the play’s themes of setting up home in an unfamiliar new setting, holding particular resonance with its participants. Fleur Missighan will also be running singing workshops for women. All three workshops will culminate in performances as part of the Creating a Storm event on Saturday 20 June 8pm.

For further details or to book tickets for any of the shows as part of Refugee Week at Sherman go to the website at or phone the Box Office on 029 2064 6900. Free tickets are available to asylum seekers are available from Fleur Missaghian at community

Listings Information

Sherri D. Sutton
Sherri performs her sharply witty one-woman show Don’t Make Fun of Jesus
Monday 15 June 8pm
Tickets £12, £10

Stand Up Comedy Workshop
Sherri D. Sutton leads this course engaging participants in exercises designed to create and structure a comedy set
Tuesday 16 June 10am – 5pm

Emergency Theatre
Sherman Cymru
An evening of presentation and debate about the role of theatre practitioners working in situations of crisis
Tuesday 16 June 8pm
Free but ticketed

Shappi Khorsandi
Iranian Comedian Shappi presents her intelligent and funny one woman show Asylum Seeker
Thursday 18 June 8pm
£12, £10

Benjamin Zephaniah
Strongly influenced by music and what he calls ‘street politics’, Benjamin Zephaniah I one of the UK’s best-loved performance poets
Friday 19 June 7.30pm
£12, £10

Little Leap Forward
Horse + Bamboo Theatre
Little Leap Forward tells the story of Yue’s childhood in China during the Cultural Revolution. For ages 7+
Saturday 20 June 2pm & 6pm

Creating a Storm
Sherman Cymru
Performances from Earthfall, The Tempest by Living Pictures and the Cross-Cultural Community Women’s Choir
Saturday 20 June 8pm

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