Tugging at the Sea

Rewriting cliched narratives about migrants, refugees and boats with LegalAliens Theatre.

As part of the Tugging at the Sea project, LegalAliens in collaboration with Bedford Creative Arts, run theatre workshops dedicated to Bedford-based migrants, refugees and asylum seekers interested in acting, performing and having their voices heard.

LegalAliens is a theatre company that includes migrants as artists, creatives, participants and audiences. All workshop facilitators are migrants in the UK and are experienced in working with asylum seekers.

Participants can learn simple acting and performing techniques, as well as other theatre roles backstage. In March 2024, the first initial workshops took place, where participants worked with professional artists to create a performing ensemble and develop ideas to present a performance called ‘Stop (talking about) the Boats!’,

We have partnered with The Place Theatre in Bedford as the venue for the Tugging at the Sea workshops and final performance on Saturday 21 September 2024.

Live Performances & Workshops


There will be a performance of Tugging at the Sea at Jackson’s Lane in London in July 2024.

Show Dates: 6th and 7th of July 2024,

Show Times: 7.30PM

Price: £10.00

Address: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
Book here: https://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/events/tugging-at-the-sea/

Free tickets for asylum seekers and refugees are available. Please email info@legalaliens.org for more information.


The show will be performed again in Bedford on Saturday 21 September 2024 at The Place Theatre, with the opportunity for performers from our Bedford workshops to be part of it.

See the events below for more information on the Tugging at the Sea workshops and Bedford performance.

 Image credits: LegalAliens Theatre

Tugging at the Sea is made possible through funding by Arts Council England.