Children’s drama about refugees is coming to Dalmally

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A remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from a war in Bosnia to safety in the UK is coming to Dalmally.

My Friend Selma, a children’s show, visits Dalmally Community Centre on Saturday March 10.

The drama introduces young audiences (aged eight and over) to the true story of Selma Redzepagic, a Bosnian refugee who fled war as a child and found safety in a disused boarding school in the UK.

Victoria Beesley, who lived with Selma and 52 other refugees from Bosnia
when they first arrived in the UK, and became Selma’s first British friend, wrote and performs this 40-minute storytelling on a set built out of a climbing frame with a script created from interviews with Selma and others.

The play has won widespread plaudits from its staging elsewhere, including: ‘I would give this show 280,00,00 out of 5’ – Erin, P5 pupil, Arisaig Primary School.

This imaginative, empathetic work takes children along with Selma and her family, as they see their world turned upside down and embark upon a life-changing journey full of tension, humour, joy, sorrow, confusion and hope.

It deals with issues such as war, the rights of a child and integration, and increases understanding of why people seek safety in Scotland, and what starting life in a new country must be like for any young immigrant.

My Friend Selma is a Terra Incognita Arts production. The organisation was set up by Victoria Beesley in November 2012. For more information visit: www.terraincognita.org.uk.

The performance will begin at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £7 (price includes a Bosnian supper).