Alem and his father are in a B&B in Datchet. Alem has lived in Ethiopia and Eritrea but this is his best holiday ever. But in the morning Alem's father is gone, and a note explains that his parents didn't want him to risk his life in the war at home. So they have left him in the UK. A refugee. From care home to foster home, from school to court, Alem's journey makes him reach inside himself to find courage to go on and strength to speak out. Refugee Boy is adapted by poet and playwright Lemn Sissay from Benjamin Zephaniah's novel.

Original production

Opening night: 
Original Cast:
Fisayo Akinade Cast
Rachel Caffrey Cast
Andrew French Cast
Dominic Gately Cast
Becky Hindley Cast
Dwayne Scantlebury Cast
Production Team:
Gail McIntyre Director
Malcolm Rippeth Lighting Designer
Kay Magson Casting Director
Emma Williams Designer
Mic Pool Projection Designer
Jonnie Khan Composer
Ian Trollope Sound Designer
Ben Jancovich Dramaturg


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Refugee Boy, by Benjamin Zephaniah 2001 Bloomsbury Publishing No
Refugee Boy, by Benjamin Zephaniah, adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay 2013 Methuen Drama No