Images by Simona Janek

Set against the tragedy of statelessness this play reveals the personal stories of Hajir, a Lebanese man seeking asylum in Australia, and Craig, the immigration officer who has the power to shape his destiny. As their lives unfold in parallel, we’re drawn into a poignant exploration of identity, belonging and the stark contrasts in their perceptions of home and safety.
When first performed in 2017 critics said:
“Asylum is a brilliant and timely piece of writing that has every right to become a modern Australian classic, and it shines here in the hands of an excellent team. Do go and see it if you get the chance – it’s well worth your time..”

“Fingret’s writing translates the brutality and unfairness one faces when seeking asylum in Australia into a personal story that is accessible and relatable. The characters are all well developed; no one is reduced to a stereotype, each character is flawed, loveable and relatable..”

“ASYLUM is ‘big picture’ theatrical thinking … Big picture politics painted with intimacy”
Sydney Arts Guide
“This is a magnificent new Australian work, easily one of the best plays I have seen that attempts to tackle this subject. The issue of our partiality and our inability to see the Other is brought to the fore poignantly in this is elegantly woven seventy minutes.”
Lisa Thatcher

Cast and Creatives

Produced & written by Ruth Fingret
Directed by Olga Tamara
Music by Greg Skehill
Eli Saad
Chris Miller
Dianne Weller
Levi Kenway
Emma Burns

Dates + Ticketing

Season: May 2-12
Where: Hellenic Art Theatre, 
                Building 6, 142 Addison Road
                Marrickville, NSW 2204
Ticket Prices: $45, $41.50 concession
Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes


Content Warnings: Contains themes of racism, domestic violence, explicit language, discussion of drug use, discussion of mental illness, coarse language, depictions of suicide. 


From the Writer

The creative journey for ASYLUM was ignited by a profound encounter with a man I met who worked within the Australian Immigration system. He shared his insights into the relentless efforts of immigration officers to discern the authenticity of asylum seekers’ accounts amidst the flux of truth and fabrication.

Moreover, it prompted reflection on the sanctity of refuge and the places, real or imaginary, we seek solace in times of adversity. 

What started as a conversation finished as this play which I’m proud to be producing with this wonderful creative team. 

From the Director

The play deals with many issues including, mental health, dishonesty and emotional disconnection. 

The events and characters unfold in an excellent fast paced script with juxtaposing stories. I felt empathy for all the characters despite some making bad choices as they do the only thing they can to protect themselves and those they care for most.   

ASYLUM is an intelligent piece of writing that will make you think.

Creative Team

The producers of ASYLUM acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which this theatre is located,
the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Thank you to Ian Cook for your kind and much appreciated sponsorship of our show. 

6 Responses

  1. I have been looking forward to seeing this amazing production for a very long time !
    Simply cannot wait 🙏

  2. I was lucky enough to see a rehearsal run through of Asylum whilst on holiday in Australia and reader…..I thought it was extraordinary.

    Although I am not from Australia the issues dealt with are universal and very very topical. The cast, direction and writing are all terrific and the play approaches the subject from a very clever angle. No spoilers but a trigger warning. If you have a heart you will cry.

    In summary please go and see Asylum. You will not regret it.

  3. Very much looking forward to see this production for the second time. I saw it first in 2017 and was blown away – it was a stunning and moving production and very much particularly pertinent to our times. .. It’s a personal yet universal storyline. A must see.

  4. This is going to be a fantastic production! Hate that I’ll be missing it 🙁 hoping you guys will do more shows!
    Look forward to many more fabulous scripts Ruth Fingret!

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