Worklight Theatre’s award winning show Labels draws on writer and
performer Joe Sellman-Leava’s experiences of mixed heritage to explore the
broader issues of racism, immigration and displacement. During Edinburgh
Festival Fringe 2015, it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award for outstanding new
writing and the Holden Street Theatre Award (enabling a transfer to Adelaide in
2016). It was also shortlisted for the Amnesty International’s Freedom of
Expression Award.

Labels was inspired by a racism and equality workshop, led by
Oscar-winning writer, actor and activist Emma Thompson, at Exeter University,
2009. The rise of far right parties both in Britain and across Europe compelled
Joe to re-develop Labels for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. It premiered in
the wake of an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Europe, and fierce debates around
migration and refugees.  Emma Thompson, who has spoken out against the
UK’s response to the current crisis, commented on a new draft of the script
earlier this year: “What a terrific piece. I love it. Simple, powerful,
important and funny.”

Joe uses his family’s stories about migration and mixed heritage to
open a wider discussion about the way we talk about, think about and treat our
fellow human beings. The play’s examination of Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis
has sadly become more resonant in recent months. Worklight hope that by touring
the show in Australia and the UK over the coming months, more people will be
engaged in conversation about how the words we use affect the decisions we make
about one another.

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Winner: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015
Winner: Holden Street Theatre Award 2015
Winner: Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2016
Winner: Peace Foundation Award 2016
Shortlisted: Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Ranked 14 in the top 2000 shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2015 (THE LIST)


Date: Friday 17 June 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Quarry Theatre
Cost: £12 (£10 concessions)
Tickets:

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quarrytheatre@bedfordschool.org.uk

Running Time: 60mins 
Age Suitability: All ages

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