Play will reveal what life is like being held at Yarl’s Wood

The Scar Test is a play based on Yarl's Wood detention centre.
The Scar Test is a play based on Yarl's Wood detention centre.

A new play will reveal what life is like behind the walls of Yarl’s Wood detention centre.

The Scar Test will be shown at Bedford’s South Bank Arts Centre on Monday.

It is written by Hannah Khalil with the help of real-life stories from the Yarl’s Wood Befrienders group.

Artistic director Nadia Nadif, who revealed she was moved to tears while watching a scene during this week’s rehearsals, said: “I think it will be moving for audiences, I think it will also be quite shocking and I think it will also have a large element of humour.

“Some of the play is things that we have created ourselves as a company but it is all very much based on the research we have done at Yarl’s Wood.

“We have never visited Yarl’s Wood, we are obviously not allowed in, so the closest we can get is by speaking to people who have been inside.”

She hopes the play will raise awareness about the controversial centre and the fact that the UK is the only country in the EU that holds immigrants indefinitely.

“Whenever I speak to people about the show and I say it’s about Yarl’s Wood, they ask what is it,” said Nadia.

“We really want to raise awareness of indefinite detention within the UK.

“The majority of people at Yarl’s Wood are granted asylum, which makes it even more ridiculous.”

Following the play, which starts at 7.30pm, there will be a question and answer session with people from Yarl’s Wood Befrienders and the play’s writer.

Tickets cost £6 and proceeds will go to the befrienders group. For tickets details go to https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/the-scar-test

Campaign details: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-scar-test/x/10120352#/story