The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.
They provide a range of services to help people in Nottingham including support at home, first aid training, emergency help after a house fire or flood and support for refugees and asylum seekers.
They also help restore contact between families separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration through their international family tracing service. Day of the Disappeared, on 30 August, is an opportunity to recognise the numbers of people still missing and show solidarity with their loved ones.
Our staging of The Kite Runner coincides with The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), a day that exists to draw attention to the fate of individuals who have gone missing as a result of conflicts around the world and remembers the plights of their families; this is also a key theme in The Kite Runner.
The British Red Cross will be fundraising throughout the run of The Kite Runner and will be giving a free pre-show talk giving more information about the International Day of the Disappeared on Friday 29 August.
Barbara-Anne Walker, operations director for the British Red Cross in Nottinghamshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Nottingham Playhouse to mark International Day of the Disappeared during their staging of The Kite Runner.
“The themes explored in the play reflect the experiences of many of those who come to us to find loved ones through our international family tracing service after being separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration.
“By working with Nottingham Playhouse and the cast of The Kite Runner we will commemorate those who are missing and remember the plight of families still searching.”
Our work with the British Red Cross builds on our existing relationship with the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum. Service users will be benefitting from free tickets to see The Kite Runner thanks to our 50:50 scheme.
Photo by Robert Day.