Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night “Tanja” fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain’s best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? With immigration issues reaching fever pitch, this is the story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse.

This is what she would have said, if only we’d let her...

An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign: ‘TANJA’ is a dramatic meta-theatrical exploration of immigration detention centres starring Emily Ntshangase- a former Yarl’s Wood detainee. 



Made in partnership with City of Sanctuary

'Tanja' - Emily Ntshangase-Wood  |  Writer/Performer - Rosie MacPherson   |   Director/Performer - Hannah Butterfield  |  Producer/Performer - John Tomlinson   |   Designer - Bethany Wells  |   Sound Design - Andy Sulley   |   Light Design - Will Monks   |   Production Manager - Matt Blackmore   |   Stage Manager - Chris McBride 2016   |   Stage Manager/Performer - Julia White (Pulse & Migration Matters Festival) Emily Snow (Tour 2017)   |   Voiceover - Trevor MacFarlane & Molly   |    Dramaturgy - Rachael Walton & Trevor MacFarlane   |   Protest Poem written by Rosie Cappuccino

Funded by Arts Council England

Special Thanks

Refugee Council, Women for Refugee Women, Movement for Justice, Right t0 Remain


Previous Performances

'TANJA' was performed at the Houses of Parliament as part of Sanctuary in Parliament 2015.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Theatre Deli- Refuge Festival, The Lowry, Salford, CAST, Doncaster, Skipton Townhall, Crucible Studio, Sheffield, Square Chapel, Halifax, Camden People's Theatre, ARC, Stockton.


TOUR 2017

June 4th - Pulse Festival, Ipswich @ New Wolsey Theatre 6pm, tickets £10/5 Book Here

June 23rd - Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield @ The Montgomery 7:30pm, tickets PWYD

November 7th - Carriageworks, Leeds

November 8th - Carriageworks, Leeds

November 10th - Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

November 13th - MAC, Birmingham book here 7:30pm, tickets £10/9

November 14th - Unity, Liverpool

November 15th - Camden People's Theatre book here 7:15pm, tickets £12/10

November 16th - Camden People's Theatre book here 7:15pm, tickets £12/10

November 17th - Camden People's Theatre book here 7:15pm, tickets £12/10

November 18th - Camden People's Theatre book here 7:15pm, tickets £12/10

November 23rd - York Theatre Royal book here 7:45pm, tickets £14