Southend Fringe Festival

Southend Fringe Festival

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Goodbye Babylon

Based on a true story, “Goodbye Babylon” is a dark comedy about the far right, the refugee crisis, and what ‘doing the right thing’ really means. Michael and David are two alt-right activists, who have come up with a solution to the refugee crisis. They travel to Lebanon, a country that has taken in millions of refugees, with the belief that if they raise money for refugees in Lebanon and generally work to make their lives easier there, then those refugees will not want to come to Europe. However, they meet two Syrian sisters, who are desperate to gain asylum in the UK, due to the youngest sister, Aisha, having a rare blood condition that requires medical treatment not available to them in Lebanon. For Michael and David’s plan to work, they must find a way to convince the sisters to stay in Lebanon. Furthermore, Michael runs into conflict with Sylvia, a volunteer with Christian Aid, who  takes issue with Michael and David’s agenda, and tries to help the sisters herself.

 

Written by Katy Gore and co-written by Harry Dean.