The Container by Clare Bayley

The Container

Clare Bayley
Young Vic
Directed by Tom Wright

“Are we there? Do you think we have arrived?”

The Container, by Clare Bayley, tells the story of a group of asylum seekers being smuggled across Europe inside a shipping container, seeking refuge in England. 

This production, revived following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, was captured by Digital Theatre live inside a real shipping container parked outside the Young Vic Theatre. With an audience of only 28, all locked inside the container in the dark with the actors, the production was directed by Tom Wright, and met with much critical acclaim.

Contains: Strong Language, Offensive Language, Violence

Production duration: 1 hr 59 sec

Cast & creative team


  • Asha
    Mercy Ojelade
  • Ahmed
    Hassani Shapi
  • Fatima
    Doreene Blackstock
  • Mariam
    Amber Agar
  • Jema
    Abhin Galeya


  • Clare Bayley
  • Tom Wright
  • Debra Hauer
  • Naomi Dawson
  • Adrienne Quartly