Tender. A word for young
Soft. Not fully made
Too young to leave our families
But we did.

A group of friends gather in class, whispers spread that a student is missing. Messages are sent. Stay unanswered. A birthday card arrives. In a dusty market, a girl weighs her mother’s gold jewellery to sell.

Tender draws on the personal narratives of its company of refugee actors. With no safety net, no right to work and debts to pay, how do they focus on building a future? When it’s a choice between going to college or earning money, what gives? How much human potential is compromised by Britain’s ever-tightening hostile environment?

This new play from Phosphoros Theatre encapsulates the radical joy and skilful storytelling that sees the company resist dominant and reductive media headlines. Vibrant, revealing, curious and bold, Tender shines a light on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

A beautifully imagined piece of theatre
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