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One-Woman Play Highlights Plight of Asylum Seekers

The Bogus Woman

Coronation Street star Krissi Bohn takes to the stage in The Bogus Woman, a powerful story of asylum in modern Britain.

The actor, who played Jenna Kamara in the soap, brings to life 51 characters in Kay Adshead’s beautifully poetic and striking one-woman play which is on tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in October.

An African woman arrives in a strange country fleeing for her life, seeking safety and asylum. Despite having committed no crime she is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused. She witnesses the cruelty of the authorities and their casual disregard for an individual’s human rights. This strange country is England.

Krissi transforms herself into soldiers, immigration officials, detention centre staff, fellow asylum seekers, do-gooders, lawyers and many others whom the young woman meets.

The Bogus Woman was first produced at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2000 and at the Bush Theatre in London the following year.

Writer Kay Adshead said: “It is still being performed because tragically the asylum debate remains at the centre of not just British politics, but international policy making. I am so glad my play is being seen again in this fine new production, but very sad indeed that the story it tells is more resonant than ever.”

Director Zoë Waterman, designer Sophia Lovell Smith and producer Sophie Curtis have teamed up once more to present The Bogus Woman for the 2015 tour which is playing at 24 venues across the UK this autumn.

Krissi Bohn said: “Playing in The Bogus Woman was the most challenging and most rewarding piece of work I have done. Now is the right time for the team to stage the play again and for it to be seen again. The story the play tells is just as pertinent as it was when it was written.”

The tour of The Bogus Woman is presented by Curtis Productions and Theatre by the Lake in association with Mama Quilla Productions.

“A potent reminder of the power of drama to occasionally invoke the same strength of feeling as a front-page news photograph … It is a major accomplishment for a young and dynamic actress … Catch it wherever you can.”’  - British Theatre Guide

“Essential watching … Krissi Bohn acts to vividly realised and blistering perfection” - The Independent

“a passionate story about the experiences of one African woman arriving on these inhospitable shores” - The Guardian

The Bogus Woman can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Friday 9 October at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £15, are available online at and from the Box Office on 01723 370541. Under 30s’ tickets at £6 are available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID. Suitable for ages 16+.
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