Lives in translation

Lives in translation

World Premiere 25th October – 4th November 2017 | S13 Belfast, Downpatrick Courthouse, Dungannon Courthouse, Ards Arts Centre, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Derry

Cast & Crew

Playwright: Rosemary Jenkinson

Director: Paula McFetridge


Various: Tony Flynn

Various: Julie Maxwell

Asha: Raquel McKee

Set Designer: Stuart Marshall

AV / Video Designer: Conan McIvor

Costume Designer: Liz Cullinane

Sound designer / Composer: Dónal O’Connor

Choreographer: Sandy Cuthbert

Dialect Coach: Brendan Gunn

Production Manager: Damian Cox

Technical Stage Manager: Chris Fitzpatrick

Deputy Stage Manager: Seána Green

Community Liaison Officer: Bobbi Rai Purdy

Producers: Dominic Montague and Kathy Young


27th February – 13thMarch 2018 | Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, Civic Theatre Dublin, Lyric Theatre Belfast, An Tain Dundalk, Marketplace Theatre Armagh, Playhouse Theatre Derry, and Roe Valley Arts Centre

Lives in Translation is a powerful production that celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman; who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different form of struggle.  She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding immigration.

Written by Rosemary Jenkinson and based on interviews with female Somali refugees and asylum seekers, local support workers, and community organisations; this poignant drama explores how recent migrants are forced to navigate support systems through translation.  It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.

The performance follows a ten-year journey through Mogadishu, Dublin, Belfast and London, as one-woman fights for a life free from constant fear and a place to make home.


“This important issue is presented by Kabosh in mixed-media documentary style, sensitively directed by Paula McFetridge” – The Stage (full article

“Theatre can confront audiences with stories and people that they would normally not hear or see”Alan in Belfast (full article

“A compelling evening of theatre”The Irish News (full article