The Barbican Theatre is the first place I went to when I couldn’t speak English and they were generous and supportive throughout my whole journey of being in this country. They have a good heart for the community.
I was working on Arabian Nights with 100 people, of all ages, but I was the only non-white face. I was the only person being paid. The only professional. The director at the time introduced me. He said ‘this is Azo and he is a professional actor’. It was like I was Brad Pitt. I was introduced to these people and I wasn’t an alien. I was a refugee not a monster.
The costume designer stood up in front of everyone and said thank you to me for changing her perspective. ‘I used to think differently about refugees’ she said.
When I found the Barbican it felt like I was home.