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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Spotlight on refugees at the Edinburgh Festival

Shows at the Edinburgh Festival inspired by themes of displacement and alienation:

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The Other

A one-woman show by French-Brazilian actress and writer Gaël Le Cornec about a young woman looking for a new home on a distant planet.

• The Fringe, August 5-14, 16-21 and 23-28, www.gaellecornec.com

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Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016

Norwegian artists Åsleik & Jon make their debut at The Fringe with storytelling, puppetry, yodelling, fake magic and audience participation, in a musical comedy about Aladdin, his wife and the genie fleeing to Europe for a better future.

• August 3-14, 16-29

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Loss and the Scars of War

In their fictional work, novelist Nada Awar Jarrar and poet Ghassan Zaqtan reflect on the experience of those displaced by war. Part of the “In Search of Refuge” strand at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

• August 19

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Still Here

Beginning as an interview with an Eritrean refu­gee when Rachel Partington, artistic director of Theatre for Justice, visited the “Calais jungle” camp, this verbatim piece traces the journey of one man as he flees after being persecuted for his faith.

• The Fringe, August 5-12 and 14-24; preview shows on August 3 and 4, www.theatreforjustice.com

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Dear Home Office

Eight young refugee men from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia and Albania, who are part of the same London housing association, created this verbatim piece about their hunt for refuge and homes.

• The Fringe, August 22-28

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Cafe Palestine

Young Palestinian performers from the Aida refugee camp are joined by different guests each night for a show featuring dabka dance, comedy and music.

• The Fringe, August 22-26

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Escape

LCP Dance Theatre’s latest production combines aerial performance and dance theatre to explore how a refugee faces social, political and psychological challenges while trying to integrate in a new society.

• August 15-20, The Fringe, www.lcpdancetheatre.com

• For more details, visit www.eif.co.uk, www.edfringe.com and www.edbookfest.co.uk