Photographer: Beth Chalmers, Jassy Earl

Terra Incognita | Scotland | Theatre

My Friend Selma

It’s the tale of a conker that never fell, an interrupted stethoscope, prayer beads, water splashing in a face, a cat with no home, a car, a mask, a party hat, a pair of swimming pants, a flying pool ball, a letter and a photograph.

Mostly, it is the story of a girl called Selma.

‘My Friend Selma’ is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK. It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers.

The play is written by Victoria Beesley. She was Selma’s first British friend. Victoria’s Dad ran aLERT and she and her family lived in the disused boarding school with Selma and 51 other refugees from Bosnia whilst they settled into life in Britain.

The script has been created from Selma’s memories of the journey she made with her family. The whole story is told from the perspective of eight-year old Selma. To create the script, Victoria carried out a series of interviews with Selma about her memories and feelings of leaving Bosnia and beginning a new life in Leeds.

After the performance you can visit a small exhibition about the real-life story that inspired the show.

‘Absorbing, affecting but also robustly unsentimental – a poignant reminder that there are Selmas everywhere, in need of friends.’ – The Herald ★★★★


Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita is a Scottish theatre company making small scale touring productions for children, young people and family audiences. The company was formed in 2013 by playwright, director and performer Victoria Beesley. Much of the company’s work focuses on sharing stories inspired by real-life people and events. Their work tours to theatres, schools and community venues across the UK.


An Taibhdhearc

Accessibility: The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Q-Park Eyre Square is a large car park located in the nearby Eyre Square Shopping Centre. Q-Park Eyre Square is open 24 hours every day and charges €2.50 per hour. It is a 3 minute walk to An Taibhdhearc.

Public Bus: An Taibhdhearc is a 6 minute walk from from all bus stops in Eyre Square.

Walking: An Taibhdhearc is a 7 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 6 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.

An Taibhdhearc is sponsored by

The Mall Theatre (Tuam)