Tuesday 8 November - Saturday 10 December, 8pm

Can a love story exist in an immigration removal centre?

★★★★ – Alice Saville, Time Out

“Harding’s dialogue is both utterly loopy and entirely convincing, scraping away at these characters’ skins with the surreal energy of Irish playwright Enda Walsh.”

“Jay Miller’s mesmerically intense production uses music to carve out a space for huge ideas, showing how compassion becomes twisted in a warped system.”

“Signposts the way to the power of music in theatre  to be something a bit transcendental”

★★★★ – Matt Trueman, WhatsonStage

“Harding draws a sharp critique of a system that dehumanises just about everyone involved – not just the immigrants in its care, essentially incarcerated, but also the employees in charge.”

“The music is a masterstroke. Jonah Brody’s songs sneak up on the script.”

“Jay Miller’s production holds its nerve and sticks to its guns. Its best moments are brilliant.”

★★★★ – Fergus Morgan, The Stage

“An inventive, eclectic three-hander attacking a dehumanising immigration system.”

“Miller and Harding’s kaleidoscopic script swims from terra firma into unchartered waters with disconcerting ease, blending the mundane with the surreal, and mixing delectably prosaic comedy with moments of exquisitely understated drama.”

★★★★ – Tom Birchenough, The Arts Desk

”A breathless ride through sometimes traumatic terrain with a finely tuned sense of the absurd propelling it along.”

”A bravura performance by [Clare] Perkins, whose command of the moment is unfaltering”

”The strength of Removal Men is in its achieving just such a feeling of nervous roughness, without which this visceral experiment would be dead on its feet.”

Daniel Perks, Exeunt

“M.J. Harding and Jay Miller combine injustice and reality, the extraordinary and the mundane in this powerful new work.”

“The whole performance is precisely balanced, an elastic band on the point of snapping.”

“Harding and Miller create an unsettling, electric atmosphere.”

Simon Morley, Hackney Citizen

“At its best is worthy of Joe Orton.”

“Removal Men shows us how the very experience of ‘compassion’ may be deformed under a regime of subjugation and exclusion.”

Can love exist in an immigration removal centre?

Mo is 31. He works in an immigration removal centre. He’s a Detention Officer. He’s from Bishop’s Stortford.

Mo’s in trouble.

Didi’s been sent to medical.

Dangerous and unsettling, Removal Men is a show with live music and songs. It tells the story of a fragmented twenty first century Britain, trying to be powerful, trying to love, trying to escape.

Removal Men is the first full length work for theatre by writer and musician M. J. Harding, a founding member of the band Fat White Family.

Following the critical acclaim and sold-out success of The Mikvah Project and LINES, Removal Men will be artistic director Jay Miller’s third production for The Yard.

Removal Men has been created through research with people who have direct experience of immigration removal centres, both as detainees, ex-detainees, and officers.

There will be a collection for the charity Yarl’s Wood Befrienders after performances of the show. 

Removal Men was performed in front of an audience at The Yard Theatre as part of Jerwood First Drafts in 2015, kindly supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Writers and Directors’ Night

Tues 22 Nov, 10pm.

Do you want to make work at The Yard?

This event is a chance for writers and directors to meet The Yard team – including Artistic Director Jay Miller – and to find out how we develop and programme theatre.

Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance of Removal Men.

Post Show Conversation

Weds 7 Dec, 10pm.

Join us after the performance of Removal Men for a open conversation about the show. A chance for audience members and the creative team to come together to respond, reflect, and raise questions.

Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance of Removal Men.

Dialogue Theatre Club

Thurs 8 Dec, 10pm.

Dialogue Theatre Club is a post-show discussion with a difference. It works more like a book group: the people who made the show aren’t present, so you can talk freely about what you thought of it, in an informal environment where every opinion counts.

Hosted by blogger Maddy Costa and producer Jake Orr, Dialogue Theatre Club doesn’t ask theatre-makers to explain their work, but invites audiences to interpret it for each other, sharing views and ideas over a drink.

Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance of Removal Men.

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Written by M. J. Harding, with Jay Miller

Directed by Jay Miller

Designed by Bethany Wells

Music composed by M. J. Harding, with Jonah Brody

Lighting and projection by Joshua Pharo

Sound by Josh Anio Grigg

Movement direction by Project O

Casting by Lotte Hines


Mo Mark Field

George Barnaby Power

Beatrice Clare Perkins

Tickets & Times

Previews 8, 9 & 10 Nov, 8pm

Press night 11 Nov, 8pm

Dates Monday – Saturday, 8pm

Early booking recommended.

Age guidance 14+: Contains strong language, violence and sexual content.

Supported by Arts Council England, Unity Theatre Trust, Arts Patrons Trust, The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.

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