Routes

by Rachel De-lahay

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Anka got in and is here for good. Olufemi is being coached to break back in. Bashir has been here forever but he's just been sent to limbo. Lisa wants to send them all home. Welcome to England. A journey into to the heart of what it is to be a citizen, and finding a place where you belong. A cutting new play about immigration and exile, and what happens when people fall through the cracks. Routes opens up the borders of friendship and family. Rachel De-lahay's debut play at the Royal Court was The Westbridge, which opened at the Bussey Building in Peckham in 2011 as part of Theatre Local, before playing to full houses in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. It was awarded the Writers' Guild Award for Best Theatre Play. Rachel was part of the Royal Court's Unheard Voices Writers Programme, which aims to support and develop writers whose voices are under-represented on British stages. Rachel was part of the group in 2009 aimed at young Muslim writers. Simon Godwin directs. Associate Director at the Royal Court, his credits include If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep, NSFW , The Witness, Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test, and Wanderlust. Elsewhere, his credits include Strange Interlude at the NT, A Kind of Alaska and Krapp's Last Tape, Faith Healer and Far Away at Bristol Old Vic. Routes is part of the Royal Court's Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. !/files/images/applicationfiles/950.8124.JCFFinalBlack/230x400.bywidth.jpg! Running time: 1 hour and 10 minutes Playtext available from our "Online Shop": www.royalcourttheatre.com/shop Photo Credit: Craig Atkinson

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