About the show

Inspired by encounters with refugees, 'Borders' is an urgent, moving, and sometimes comic commentary on one of the great crises of our time.

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Through two alternating monologues, 'Borders' tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, whose paths cross in tragic circumstances.  

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The Barefoot Review

for a previous production "This play is divided into two perspectives...Conflict allows the playwright to editorialise, so to speak, on the state of modern media, on the loss of true news coverage and journalistic integrity to the endless, slavish reportage of celebrity gossip. It is another great cultural casualty of our times and Naylor nails it...The audience is wondering if and how these worlds may intersect. Well, intersect they do and it is a magnificent and spectacular climax." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "The parallel monologues of the two characters paint out their lives...Lvova invests her character with burning intensity; if there are more powerful performances on the Fringe this year, they must be few in number. As the paths of these contrasting characters begin to converge with a doomed inevitability, the play racks up the tension in the audience, building up to a powerful denouement stunning in its impact." Full Review

Fringe Review (UK)

for a previous production "A beautifully articulated piece of theatre that moves heart and mind as it tells the story of a Syrian refugee from converging perspectives...A powerful narrative that is all the stronger for avoiding sentimentalism...Nameless’ tale has a clear narrative thread, ringing true and yet carrying a sense of multiple stories. Naylor’s language is elegant, spare, almost poetic...The bringing together of the two characters’ stories, like images becoming superimposed, seems natural, even inevitable." Full Review

INDAILY (Australia)

for a previous production "As the two characters’ lives move away from and back towards each other, the script shifts effortlessly between poetry, humour and nail-biting action. It’s superbly carried by Lvova and O’Mara, who deliver their roller-coaster monologues with an explosive energy that is utterly gripping...Pure, raw theatre that smashes through our mental borders and beckons us into a new world of understanding. Naylor has nailed it again." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production "Naylor's writing sees his characters weave in and around terror, love and rebellion. His ability to write such wholesome and human characters – as well as capturing the comedy and irony in our most real experiences – is so refreshing...'Borders' is sobering and powerful in the way it brings together human experience in these two tragic and gripping stories, pointing out that we have put up walls inside our minds and hearts, preventing us from empathising with others." Full Review

Australian Stage

for a previous production "We are witnessing two stories, each nothing to do with the other and yet surely knowing that at some point there would be contact. No spoilers here but the build up to the climax is a joy to behold with two actors showing us how it’s done. Sebastian is a clever character study...As for Nameless, her growing resolve, determination and courage grapples the audience and turns our attention away from Sebastian’s gloss to what we see and read when we peruse 'the immigrant problem.'" Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "Deftly interweaving these two monologues, Naylor asks pertinent questions about the power of art, the responsibility of the artist, and the integrity of a society that only cares about refugees when Angelina Jolie tells it to...Their slowly converging stories are both compelling and convincingly rooted in gritty geopolitics...At times, one wishes he would take more formal risks...This is a form that has limits. And 'Borders' – excellent though it is – doesn’t push them very far." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "A two-hander, featuring a pair of characters in motion towards one another on both sides of the Mediterranean. Both are artists in their own way...Naylor's dialogue is crisp and evocative, and the non-existent set is so far stripped back that all the tools Cabot has to work with are his very talented actors, leading to a result which is pure and captivating. Even if moments occasionally swing close to cliché, Naylor’s name remains a mark of quality for those who like to see good political dr... Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "As the story moves to the present day, Sebastian has returned to 'real' photography, joining a Mediterranean mission where he wants the shot that will renew his fame...Nameless, by now a pregnant refugee, is fleeing for her life in an unseaworthy boat. Their two stories collide — but who is rescuing whom, from what?...Naylor interlaces the serious — and sometimes shocking — details of their histories with wry asides...Michael Cabot directs a gripping hour that races by." Full Review

The Wee Review

for a previous production "Their stories may be different, but Naylor connects the two different lives together through historical and cultural references that an audience may surely find relatable...Cabot’s staging and direction is simple yet effective, intensified by the use of just two stools as props...Yet another masterpiece from Naylor, exploring a difficult subject with remarkable poignancy. This is true stripped back theatre; one where performances, script and direction are justly able to shine." Full Review

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