Members of the Action for Hope troupe perform a scene from Wannous' “The Elephant, Your Majesty.”
Photo courtesy of Action for Hope
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A production of "The Elephant, Your Majesty," from a troupe of young Syrian actors, will not be staged at this year's this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival because the performers were not issued U.K. visas. Formed by Action for Hope, an organization working to promote cultural expression and help young people through theater, the Syrian troupe was invited to perform the play as part of the Fringe's Arab Arts Focus section. Since receiving the invitation in March, Action for Hope has struggled to secure legal residency permits, obtain passports, and apply for U.K. visas for the troupe's performers – all refugees of the Syrian conflict.
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