ThickSkin theatre company will be performing their ‘How Not to Drown’ production at Chichester Festival Theatre, 14th – 18th February, as part of a nationwide tour. Abi Beaven of ThickSkin said, “We identified Sanctuary in Chichester as a charity that we believe to have a strong connection to the production, particularly with relation to the work you do with refugees and asylum seekers. Throughout the tour, we are looking to connect with charities near each touring venue, with a view to forming a partnership. We will be selling tote bags as part of our merchandise at each venue, with the Albanian phrase “Besa” on them, which is a pledge of honour, meaning ‘if you can help someone, you should’. We would like to donate the profits from the sale of these tote bags at Chichester Festival Theatre to Sanctuary in Chichester.“
Chichester Festival Theatre describes the production: ‘Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin returns to the stage with an action‑packed, highly visual production telling the painful yet uplifting true story of an eleven year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker. In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system.’
There will be representatives from Sanctuary in Chichester at every showing, so please do come and find us!