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Refugee Action asked some of the UK's top actors to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers.

The Actors for Refugees project is a performing arts programme supported by the charity Refugee Action that pulls together some of Britain's top actors to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

It recently produced The Asylum Monologues, 14 shows staged throughout the UK on 21 June. These included a performance at the National Portrait Gallery in London featuring Juliet Stevenson and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

According to Christine Bacon, director of Actors for Refugees, the monologues created a connection that a "forgettable" news story could not have achieved.

"By presenting personal narratives and personal stories, audiences can identify with refugees as people rather than statistics," she explains. "We're trying to encourage a more humanitarian response to refugees."

The shows were free of charge and coincided with the end of the multi-agency project Refugee Week. All the performances were adapted by Sonja Linden, playwright and artistic director of the theatre group iceandfire, from interviews with asylum seekers.

Bacon adds: "We are also trying to appeal to the broader entertainment industry to take on the cause of asylum seekers."

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