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Christian playwright's refugee story receives award nominations

Rachel Partington's Still Here production has been shortlisted for awards by Amnesty International and the National Student Drama Festival.

Speaking on Premier Christian Radio's News Hour programme, Rachel said: "His faith is hugely inspiring and I hope that it will really inspire people in the UK and make us realise how lucky we are.

"More than that, I really hope that it will be able to motivate people and shed some light on his country in particular.

"The church is massively persecuted in his home country, Eritrea."

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The show centres on a conversation at the so-called Jungle camp in Calais last Christmas between Rachel and a man who fled Eritrea.

As well as shedding light on the refugee's experience, it also examines how the meeting impacted Rachel, who is an artistic director at Theatre for Justice and a student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Being staged in the grounds of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Still Here has become the first production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to be sponsored by the Church of England.

Rev Arun Arora, Director of Communications for the Church of England, said: "We are delighted for Rachel, the cast and the crew for their achievement of being in the running for two national awards.

"It is a privilege to sponsor and support a play that deals so powerfully and skilfully with one man's journey of faith and flight.

"We share with Rachel a responsibility to speak up for the poor and the marginalised - for people of all faiths and none - and this play is a powerful and creative away of doing just that."

Still Here is running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival until next Wednesday.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speaking to Rachel Partington on the News Hour:

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