Black Theatre Live


The Bogus Woman

by Kay Adshead

Curtis Productions & Theatre by the Lake present

In association with Mama Quilla Productions ​

'Essential watching … Krissi Bohn acts to vividly realised a​​nd blistering perfection'  ★★★★ The Independent​​​​

Performed by Krissi Bohn (Jenna, Coronation Street)​

An African woman arrives in a strange country fleeing for her life, seeking safety and asylum. Having committed no crime she is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused.  She witnesses the cruelty of the authorities and their casual disregard for an individual's human rights. This strange country is England.

'a passionate story about the experiences of one African woman arriving on these inhospitable shores.... Adshead tells it with such spare poetry and blistering anger' The Guardian, Lyn Gardner

In 2008, The Bogus Woman played to over 3,500 people during a sell-out run at Theatre by the Lake – controversial programming for Summer fare in the Lake District.  It was evident that this powerful and poetic one-woman play should be shared with a wider audience.  Tragically, seven years on the asylum debate still remains at the centre of British politics and this play continues to be just as relevant and challenging.

Krissi Bohn (Coronation Street) delivers Kay Adshead's outstanding monologue – bringing to life the 51 sharply etched characters who retell the experiences of this Young Woman.