The Container, by Clare Bayley, tells the story of immigrants trying to smuggle themselves into the UK inside a sealed container to start a new life. It takes place – actors and audience packed close together – inside a container lorry.
The Container was the hit of the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe, winning a Scotsman Fringe First and Amnesty’s Freedom of Expression Award. Working together with Amnesty, the Young Vic has made it possible for London to share the experience. She said of the show: “Most of us are isolated from the immigrant experience. We might read about these people in newspapers but we seldom hear their stories from their own mouths. Everything in The Container is based on actual events that really happened to someone.”
Playwright Bayley’s previous London credits include The Enchantment (National Theatre) and The Woman Who Swallowed A Pin (Southwark Playhouse). Her film, Corridors In The Air, won the Sunday Times Screenwriting Award.
Each performance of The Container has space for an audience of just 28.