REAL-LIFE experiences of Syrian refugees will be thrust into the spotlight as part of a new production.

Shine Theatre Company is getting ready to rehearse its new play ‘The Playground’ which will run for three nights at The Forum.

The show will bring to life the first-hand experiences of Syrian refugees now settled in Barrow and Furness.

However, the production team behind the show, which is due to hit the stage on September 26, 27 and 28, said it has hit a financial snag and are still appealing for funding.

Theatre production company owner, Yvonne Patterson said: “We’ve put in some requests regarding funding as we’ve only raised £600 so far - and we need £8,500.

“The expense covers the three nights within the theatre and the funds allow us a rehearsal day to smooth out any cracks.”

To raise the remaining £7,900, Ms Patterson and other volunteers have held various fundraising events, but there is still an outstanding amount.

She said: “We’ve started rehearsing at Barrow AFC’s Crossbar, but it’s becoming a financial struggle.”

The play will present the daily battle these children and their parents face, such as multiple culture barriers and the difficulties of community integration.

Ms Patterson said: “We’re also trying to get to know the refugee children and improve their confidence because they’re understandably shy.

“It is not easy to come into a completely different culture and integrate, and on top of that, these kids will be performing in front of a large audience.

“We’ve had a lot of help from the children’s parents - including one parent who has volunteered to teach Syrian dance steps.”

The Playground was wrote by Barrow resident Andrew Sproxton, who works as an author and composer.

“Andrew is working tirelessly during his time off to help us though and he even wrote me a song as I’ll be playing a Lollypop Lady in the show,” Ms Patterson said. To help call Shine on 07817611548.