The Scar Test
February 17 - 28, 2021
A Season Extra
By Hannah Khalil
“We’re in prison. But we’ve done nothing wrong…I just–I can’t believe this is England.”
They expected to be free from the horrors of their homelands when they finally fled to the United Kingdom; instead, imprisoned together at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, a cohort of women find themselves stuck in limbo, stripped of their privacy, and isolated a world away from the lives they used to know. Based on interviews with current and former detainees, Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil’s The Scar Test offers a powerful and unflinching snapshot of life inside England’s migrant detention system. Fiercely felt and fearlessly told, The Scar Test is an incendiary theatrical experience that will stay with you long after the performance has ended.