Play about asylum seekers at Adelaide Fringe Festival

February 14, 2017


A 17-year-old Melbourne Salvo’s inspiring play about asylum seekers will be shown at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March.


Titled, I’d Turn Back, it tells the story of four asylum seekers and their treacherous journey to find a home in Australia. Creator Liv Smith, who worships at Moreland Corps (church), in Victoria, spent two months on placement, speaking with clients of The Salvation Army Asylum Seekers Service (TSAASRS) for the non-naturalistic play which is performed by the Scrambled Prince Theatre Company.


“If I hadn’t gone in person to hear these stories I wouldn’t have believed them and I wouldn’t have written [the play] I’d Turn Back,” Smith told Warcry in September. “The people and this play have made me into a different person and without their stories I would still be living in ignorance.”


First screened at Moreland Corps in 2016, it will be performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival after a successful run at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.


Rated PG, it depicts mild violence and is highly emotive and sometimes painful to watch. People can see it at the Adelaide Fringe Festival from 6—10 March at Bakehouse Theatre. Tickets are $15 and can be booked here:


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