Night Light

Wed 25 January 2017

Autumn 2016 | Out of Space Season 
Presented by Mandala Theatre

"A frank and emotional eye opener to the terror refugees flee and the rejection they face on coming here" -- Sam Bennett, Ox Magazine (Read more...)

Somewhere in England two teenagers seeking asylum, fearing deportation, hide out in an abandoned factory. As the long cold night unfolds, they imagine their future and tell each other about their past. In the midst of sharing food and stories, they hear someone else arrive. Terrified, they creep towards the door where they find a familiar figure. The three of them talk through the night about home, belonging and the system...But the children remain wary: at any point he can reveal their hiding place, turn them over to the authorities and send them back to their countries and to danger.



Oliver Davis (Dan)

Oliver graduated from the University of Warwick in Theatre and Performance Studies. He has worked with several Midlands companies, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and the National Student Drama Festival and is a member of The Birmingham REP Foundry Actors Group. Previous credits include The Tempest (Crescent Theatre), King Lear (RSC Open Stages), Of Mice & Men (All & Sundry Company) and Yakul in Princess Mononoke (Whole Hog Theatre)

Zakaria Zerouali (Taariq)

Zak trained at North East Wolverhampton Academy. Credits include Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet whilst training, Thad Hairspray and Grinch, Seussical the Musical (Wolverhampton Youth Music Theatre), Tamouras, Rubble (Central Youth Theatre), Mullins, Peter Pan the Musical (Bilston Operatic Society); Nachararyan, Ali & Nino (National Youth Theatre); Jack Lumber, Little Red Riding Hood. More recently, Zak was Buttons in Cinderella (Panto Tours).

Aimee Powell (Salma)

Aimee trained at The Birmingham Theatre School. Theatre credits include: Macbeth (Heartbreak Productions) Feed The Beast and JUMP! We’ll Catch You (both for Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Film work includes: A Dream I Had (independent short film, winner of best short drama at the Isle of Wight Film Festival). Recent TV: BBC Doctors.


Written by Nadia Davids

Nadia is an award-winning South African writer and theatre-maker. Her plays At Her Feet, Cissie and What Remains have been staged locally and internationally. She was a part of New York’s WP Theatre’s Playwright’s Lab for 2008-2010. Her debut novel An Imperfect Blessing, published by Umuzi Random House in 2014 was shortlisted for the UJ prize and the Pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature.
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Directed by Yasmin Sidwha

Yasmin has 25 years’ experience working and touring nationally and internationally as a professional actor and director. She has performed with The National Theatre, in repertory and on TV. She has directed work for Tara Arts, the Edinburgh and International Women’s Festivals, and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, where she was creative learning director for 17 years.

She was founder and director of Mesh, a bi-annual international Youth Arts festival, which she ran for a number of years.

Yasmin received an Oxfordshire High Sheriff’s Award in 2014 for services to the arts and young people.

Set and A/V Design by Nomi Everall

Nomi is head of Technical and Production at Pegasus Theatre Oxford. As well as supporting the programme of visiting professional theatre, dance and music, her role focuses on training young people in design and technical roles. Her productions for Pegasus include Lord of the Flies (2016), Lee Raven Boy Thief (2015) and Warzone/ The Power Within (2015). She also works as a freelance designer, illustrator and technician and is company designer for Fail Better Productions.


"Nadia Davids’ play – a frank and emotional eye opener to the terror refugees flee and the rejection they face on coming here"Sam Bennett, Ox Magazine (Read more...)

"a bold and powerful theatrical experience, illuminated by the considerable wattage of award-winning South African writer Nadia Davids’ script, Yasmin Sidhwa’s assured direction and superb performances from the young leads….Mandala Theatre has richly justified its central ethos of ‘visceral theatre." AIison Boulton, Daily Information (Read more ..)

"An appreciative, packed audience roared its approval of a new company, whose creativity has a bold intention of bringing the stories of marginalised people into the limelight." Jon Lewis, Newbury Weekly News

"A moving fabulously acted portrayal of the problems lone child asylum seekers face when they become 18 and are confronted with the possibility of deportation." Sylvia Vetta, writer

show details

Dates: Wed 25 Jan
Time: 7:30pm
Running time: Approx 1h 30m then 45m debate
Prices: £13.50 (£11.50)
Venue: Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University

Shaw St, Liverpool L6, UK