Scots playwright Simon Macallum sees latest play staged at Refugee Week


For immediate release

June 4, 2009


Scots playwright Simon Macallum sees latest play staged at Refugee Week

Preview show: June 13th, 2pm at Tramway Theatre

Main show: June 16th, 8pm at Tron Theatre Changing House

Interviews available


Simon Macallum’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ is the Tron Theatre’s flagship Refugee Week play opening next week as part of Refugee Week Scotland 2009.


Staged by the acclaimed Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, the play examines the dynamics that form between a volunteer Scottish host and the destitute asylum seeker that she has opened up her home to. Host Maggie is looking for meaning in her life after the loss of her husband so she opens the door to Dalmar, a young man fleeing from his homeland.


MacCallum’s  take on the story of The Associates, Balgay Hill, opens this week at Dundee Rep.


A preview of the play will take place on 2pm, Saturday, June 13th at Tramway Theatre, Glasgow.


Simon Macallum is available for interview. Contact Clare Harris/ Karin Goodwin, Media and Communications Officers

0141 223 7927

07734 030 763



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Notes to Editors


  1. Refugee Week Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and is a partner event with Homecoming Scotland.


  1. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2009 will take place from 15th to 21st June.


  1. The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.


Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.


Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is Scotland’s first inclusive touring theatre company. We aim to be an agent for change in the arts and education and to produce work that is adventurous and places disability in the public arena.


Simon Macallum - Playwright

Simon’s first play Shadowboxing was nominated for Meyer Whitworth award. This is his second play for Birds of Paradise Theatre; Still Life was performed last April. He has written three plays for the Oran Mor in Glasgow. His newest work Balgay Hill is currently being performed at Dundee Rep until June 27th.  


Morven Gregor - Director

Morven has been the Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise since 2004, directing the company’s most recent productions; Offshore, Beneath You, The Whistleblower, Mouth of Silence and Brazil 12 Scotland 0. Prior to joining the company she had worked on a variety of freelance projects. Morven studied with Augusto Boal’s CTO in Brazil and her time in Brazil has influenced her artistic approach to the theatre she makes.


Linda Duncan McLaughlin - Maggie

Linda has worked extensively in theatre, film and television throughout the UK and abroad, most recently on tour with Birds of Paradise in Offshore, and in dance theatre piece Les Amoureux with Company Chordelia.  She is delighted to be working with BoP again, and to be part of Refugee Week Scotland 2009.

Mickey Ferrari - Dalmar

Mickey is based in Glasgow, Mickey arrived in 2004 and has been living here since then. He is a founder of Fugees United in August 2005. In 2006 he set up Umoja events Scotland which runs the best Afro Caribbean Urban club events in Scotland and UK. Acting has always been his number one hobby; He has worked with Ankur Productions, Citizens Theatre and now Birds of Paradise in their new production Home Sweet Home