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Making a drama out of a crisis

Some former residents of the Jungle in Calais have created a play from their experience as refugees

By Frank Andrews  

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Last Thursday some friends took me to the Paris suburb of Créteil to watch “To Be or Not,” a play performed at the university there. The cast were a group of 15 former residents of the Calais Jungle, all of them originally from Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran. The University of Créteil, in the middle of a sprawl of government housing tower blocks, was one of the first in France to set up a higher education programme for asylum seekers.

The stage was small, the…

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