The Claim comes to the Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Published: 9 July 2019

09/07/19: Comically absurd and quietly shattering - part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase

Prof Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, collaborated on a new production by theatre makers Mark Maughan and Tim Cowbury being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this year as part of the 2019 British Council Edinburgh Showcase.

A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. The Claim gently invites you into the most British of interviews, then morphs into a dizzying onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice.

Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give.
But why is he here?
What is he claiming has happened to him?
And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?

A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

For performance dates / times and tickets, please visit

This play realises two years of research and development with three theatre venue partners (ARC Stockton / Shoreditch Town Hall / Nuffield Southampton) and eight partner migrant organisations including GRAMNet, who have invested significantly in the project: financially, intellectually and ethically. Wraparound activities and outreach work which accompanied the play's development, igniting conversations getting to the heart of this nationally debated topic.  The Claim was funded in part by the University of Glasgow’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

The Claim toured the UK in 2017/18 - for more information see production website


First published: 9 July 2019