A Guardian feature: The refugee standup night


The Guardian writer Brian Logan featured No Direction Home in an article in June 2020.

The article explores how No Direction Home beats the stereotypes of the “tragic refugee”, by providing a platform for refugee and migrants comedians and comedy enthusiasts to share various facets of their migrant and refugee experience, told with humour.

More than that, No Direction Home bucks the stereotype of the tragic refugee, a figure only ever allowed to be silent and powerless – or grasping and malign. No Direction Home complicates that picture – by blurring the line between refugees and migrants more widely, and allowing them to represent something beyond their own fraught circumstances. “At that first gig alone,” says Green, “we had people talking about dating or food or their grandmother or being bombed in their home country or crossing the Channel. It’s a full range.”

Read The Guardian article here.


No Direction Home comedy collective has been training new comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds led by comedian Tom Parry and produced by Counterpoints Arts, in partnership with Camden People’s Theatre. Since 2018 they have performed more than 15 gigs around the country, including at the Southbank Centre in London.