Cora talks about the play Glasgow Girls, inspired by a group of remarkable young asylum seekers

Cora talks about the play Glasgow Girls, inspired by a group of remarkable young asylum seekers

“I feel the story has a whole new fresh resonance just because of everything that has been happening around it,” says Bissett. “Not a day goes by when we’re not discussing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. I feel like the language being used by the UK Government is so pejorative and dehumanising.

“These are people who have been displaced by wars that we, the UK, have had a large hand in instigating. I think this story humanises asylum seekers. It reminds us why they’re here, what they are fleeing from and also that children are caught up in this struggle. Young people in our school system working as hard as they can are getting ripped out and chucked between pillar and post.”

“The whole thrust of the Glasgow Girls story is about that angle of it, saying that children should come under the protection of children’s rights law. I know that that is something the Scottish Government were in favour of at the time but didn’t have the power to do anything about.”

Cora talks to The National about the contemporary resonance of Glasgow Girls.

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