The options we had were to escape and come here, or to die.”

The words were echoed by many asylum seekers. A refugee’s journey starts off with an extremely tough decision that they need to make: whether or not to leave behind everything that is familiar to them and to start over. With sketches based on the diverse stories, we intend on ripping off the  label “refugee”.
Home Again is a compilation of contemporary sketches and a monologue on refugees’ journeys and their integration within our society. Each sketch shows different characters and a different part of their journey.

A young man is torn apart by the decision of leaving behind his fiancee and to secure their future in a safer place, or to stay behind with her, fearing death. A woman feels scared and isolated in the country she fled to, because everybody tells her she doesn’t belong here. A student sees his classmates disappearing one by one and is fearing his own future. These are just a few examples of the stories Home Again tells.

The sketches and the monologue were written by WOW-EFFECT Theater itself, after interviews with many asylum seekers and volunteers. The scenes were developed through a combination of theatre exercises and improvisations.

Performance dates: 28 & 29 May 2016


Xiaoji Song | Tulya Kavaklıoğlu | Huzefa Zaveri | Ashwin Sinai Netravalkar | Alexandru Romanescu | Veronika Merkel | Madelief Maria Lenders | Burhan Pagdhiwala | Rohit Gurlhosur | Andrea Marchese

Director Tanya de Kruijff
Playwright(s) Andrea Marchese, Xiaoji Song, Madelief Maria Lenders, Tulya Kavaklioglu, Huzefa Zaveri