Gives us a teenager's view of domestic violence through poetry and football. Winner of the Commission of Racial Equality Race in the Media Award.
Plays by Benjamin Zephaniah
As a violent civil war rages back home, teenager Alem and his father are in a B&B in Berkshire. It’s Alem’s best holiday ever. The next morning, his father is gone. He’s left a note explaining that Alem needs to be protected from the war; and his protection is to be Britain. This strange grey country is now Alem’s home.
Originally a best-selling novel by Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy was adapted for the stage by playwright and poet Lemn Sissay. Refugee Boy is a story about arriving, belonging and ¬finding home. It premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 9 March 2013.
Benjamin Zephaniah is a high-profile international author, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with both adults and children. He is most well known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and ground-breaking performance poetry for children, and his novels for young people include Face, Refugee Boy, Gangsta Rap and Teacher's Dead. As well as poetry and novels, he writes plays and music.