Mind-opening show based on Joe’s experiences of racism

Joe Sellman-Leava discusses the labels we place on ourselves and others
Joe Sellman-Leava discusses the labels we place on ourselves and others

Immigration, racism and how we use words are the themes of a show coming to the Quarry Theatre in Bedford.

Worklight Theatre’s award-winning show Labels draws on writer and performer Joe Sellman-Leava’s experiences of being mixed heritage .

Labels examines how we use words, the line between curiosity and fear, and the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric.

Despite being born in Gloucestershire, Sellman-Leava grew up constantly being asked where he was “really from”. In the show, he calls for a fairer, more open-minded society, using his own stories to open a wider discussion about the way we talk about, think about and treat our fellow human beings.

Joe said: “Although the story is incredibly personal to me, we always wanted it to connect with as many people as possible. Many people have experiences of being labelled for different reasons. It’s this variety of adversity that Labels talks about.”

Labels won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Holden Street Theatre Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award.

The show takes place on Friday June 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions. Call 01234 362337.