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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 86

Date:- 14 February 2003

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Report by Tracey Baybutt
Far away from home.   Tania Mathias ('Eva').

A Fantastic show is awaiting you on 22 February at 2pm in the Southport Arts Center.  The show is rated 8+ and contains contents that might upset younger audiences.  The play is about a brother and sister's escape to England.  Persecuted for being different, Andrea and Reva are forced to flee their homeland and now they must learn to live in a country very different from their own.

Preformed in a fluid and physical style, this is a very educating performance that is a must see for all ages aged 8 upwards.  The specially commissioned sound track is dynamic story telling for young people at its best.  It is a moving play about loneliness, friendship and hope.

Produced by Nick Wood and played by Action Transport.  

Tickets £5 and concessions £4, available from the Southport Arts Center Box Office on (01704) 540011.

I thought this might give you a feeling about the current reliance of this work so here is an interview with a refugee from Kosova, recorded in Southport in
September 1999. (Taken from 'No Place Like Home - Echoes from Kosova' by
Melanie Friend)

"Our first night in England, we felt so sad and far from home.  My
parents were still in Kosova, and we didn't know if they were alive or
not... My brother was killed when he went back to see what had happened
to his burnt house.

Our first four nights in England, my daughter woke up screaming, "The
police are here… Where's daddy?"
Last weekend there was an air show in
Southport.  My daughter was terrified.  She pointed up at the planes and
cried out, "NATO!"  We had to explain to the local people that we were
from Kosova.

We like Southport a lot.  It's very quiet and safe.  We were always
scared of everything in Kosova, the water, the biscuits, always checking
the food in case the Serbs poisoned it.

One day, my daughter saw a police car with its blue lights flashing.
She dropped her ice cream, screaming "Milicia! Police".   My husband
said, "Don't worry, these police don't want to kill me"."

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