Pizza Shop Heroes

Theatre (new writing, political)

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  • Summerhall - TechCube 0
  • 17:40
  • Aug 11
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Phosphoros Theatre
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  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


From one of the leading refugee theatre groups in the UK. Four former child-refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania working your average shift in your average pizza shop take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they are. Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their asylum claims they're now reclaiming them. From prisons in Libya and Greece, to imagined conversations with mothers, to raising future sons, they shine a light on masculinity and forced migration. Powerful, celebratory, resistant, authentic; refugees take centre stage.

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  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, take the access ramp into the main reception, take a right down the corridor, past the cafe, through a corridor with neon strip lights in the walls(slightly inclined), past the red lecture and through the double doors into the ground floor of tech cube.
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KateS 94 days ago

It’s a turning tables time - the Pizza Shop Heroes tell the audience what the rules are. What we can and can not do. And it’s not a payback. It’s the simplest, clearest way to show us, the viewers, just the tiniest glimpse of how it feels to be in the asylum seeking process. When everyone is setting rules for you. And you can only obey.
I am so glad I got to see them and listen to their stories. And I am so glad they are ok. Settled. Sort of retired from being heroes? (No they definitely aren’t!).
But the big take out (pun fully intended) for me is that it’s far from over. There are so many like Emirjon Hoxhaj, Goitom Fesshaye, Tewodros Aregawe and Syed Haleem Najibiany still out there.
And they are only illegal because we made the rules.

Alex Covell 95 days ago

I was lucky to see this in preview’s as part of an Amnesty International showcase, and would recommend you get a ticket before it sells out.

A confident and honest exploration of brotherhood, fatherhood, belonging and dreams for the future, we hear with pride the stories of the refugee actors on stage. Using brechtian structure and a variety of styles, the stories are unapologetic, open and exposing for not just the actors, but our own perspective and assumptions. Following from their hit show, Dear Home Office, it is clear this company is one to watch for their political, stirring and important pieces of theatre.

Mark Hutcheson 98 days ago

A great performance giving an excellent viewpoint from refugees on the real problems of entering and living in the UK as a refugee, played with both feeling and humour. Highly recommended.

Sean Davis 99 days ago

Pizza Shop Heroes (****)
Four men who came to the UK as unaccompanied teens five years ago, along with their counselor tell of their harrowing journeys to freedom as well as the tribulations of trying achieve asylum and become assimilated in British culture. Though it is clear they are not actors, their authenticity easily overcomes their lack of dramatic training. Unlike another immigrant show the focused on legal and housing issues, this one takes a larger view including their “rules” for how to become a successful asylum seeker including preparing for their trip, to how their families back home may react to their “success.”

This was the 12th most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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To Do List (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Pizza Shop Heroes probably isn’t the most objectively well-crafted show at the Fringe, if you are judging via the traditions of conventional theatre. However, that’s not really the point, and it doesn’t really matter – this is just a piece of theatre that you should really go and see!It is...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

‘Pizza Shop Heroes’ is performed by four young men who have undertaken desperate journeys to escape Afghanistan, Albania, Eritrea and Ethiopia. The stories of these four refugees are fused into one tale for our times. It’s raw, sometimes a little ragged: these aren’t seasoned thespians, or polished drama students, but...

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 90 days ago

Tewodros, Goitom, Emirjon and Syed work in the local pizza shop. The one thing they all have in common? In real life all of them arrived in the UK as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children; this show is their reclamation of this story. Against the backdrop of the pizza shop, we...

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FringeReview 92 days ago

From the opening scene onwards, this is an energetic, enthusiastic and committed production. The performers engage with the audience immediately and we are with them from the start. There is entertaining use of the pizza shop setting as a vehicle to structure the show: to set the stages of the...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Phosphoros Theatre bring this crowd pleaser of a show to Edinburgh telling the story of 4 child refugees from Eritrea, Albania and Afghanistan – Tewodros Aregawe, Goitom Fesshaye, Emirjon Hoxhaj and Syed Haleem Najibi – and their treacherous journey to … Read More ...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Phosphorus Theatre works with refugees and asylum-seekers to create original collaborative autobiographical storytelling. Their new piece, Pizza Shop Heroes, features Tewodros, Goitom, Emirjon and Syed – four young male refugees to the UK – and their stories. They are joined onstage by Kate, a British woman and core member of...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

"We are heroes because we have to be," say Tewodros Aregawe, Goitom Fesshaye, Emirjon Hoxhaj and Syed Haleem Najibi in unison. All were unaccompanied asylum seeking children – from Eritrea, Eritrea, and Afghanistan respectively. Between them they speak at least eight languages, many of which they use in this clear-eyed telling...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Founded in 2015, Phosphorus Theatre has made a name for itself with a set of autobiographical shows created and performed by child refugees. 2016’s Dear Home Office and it’s 2017 sequel were clunky but big-hearted explorations of life as an asylum seeker. Pizza Shop Heroes is probably the company’s best...

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