A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society.

Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give.

But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?

The Claim gently invites you into the most British of interviews, then morphs into a dizzying onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice. A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, this play asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

ShowTalk: Followed by post-show discussion

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The Gulbenkian reviews

“An accessible, hilarious and nuanced piece”

Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO

“Smart, sharp and forensically observed, identifying the price paid for hearing what we want to hear”

Michael Grandage Company
The Claim by Tim Cowbury

29 Jan 2018

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Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people