All the Queen’s Children (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

All the Queen’s Children

An impressive, unflinching piece of fluid theatre

The teens of Reading Youth Theatre devised this unflinching, impressive piece of fluid theatre themselves around the stories of real-life teenage asylum seekers (some of whom are in the company). Samuel is forced to swim to shore, swaggering, glam Lule is pulled into prostitution; their stories are set, pointedly, against that of three gap-year kids blundering around Africa.
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All the Queen's Children

  • 4 stars

Samuel alights by the side of a motorway. Lule and Yllke fly in with false papers. Sofia disguises herself as Rahim. Four unaccompanied refugee minors end up in the safe haven of a British B&B. But with trafficker boyfriends, debts to pay and Immigration disputing whether they're children at all, how many of them will…