As many know, immigration and refugees is front of mind in the news almost daily which makes this new play by Mary Vingoe rather timely. The Firehall Arts Centre presents a new play Refuge based on the award-winning CBC Radio documentary “Habtom’s Path”. Refuge tells the emotionally riveting story of Eritrean army deserter, Ayinom Zerisenai, who has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. But even as Ayinom’s plight wins the support of an immigration lawyer, Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions and his current behavior begin to haunt Pamela who has taken him into her home. Could she and her husband be harbouring a legitimate refugee or a terrorist? Refuge as you might guess is a provocative and poignant story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world. The play is directed by the very talented Donna Spencer. Refuge runs from March 18 to April 1st at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets are available from the Firehall Arts Centre from $23. If you are interested in a Post Show Talkback discussion, you can participate in those on March 23rd and March 30th. For those on a budget, check out the Pay What You Can Performances March 22nd and 29th at 1:00 pm.
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