"We don't want to listen to white, middle class people saying what's good for us"
The stage adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah's novel Refugee Boy launched its national tour this week. The production, by playwright Lemn Sissay, tells the story of an East African teenager who becomes a refugee overnight. In this extract, Benjamin Zephaniah tells the BBC's Reya El-Salahi why it is an important story to take to the stage.
Available since: Mon 17 Feb 2014
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