Friday, 22 March 2013

The Arrival has opened..

It's always a nerve wracking moment the opening of a show. As I sat in the auditorium watching the dress rehearsal in Southampton I was keenly aware of the responses of the couple sitting behind me. Charlie Folorunsho, 'The Man In The Hat' in our production is staying in digs with this couple and had invited them along.

Charlie Folorunsho as Dele in The Arrival (photo by Sandra Ciampone)

I spoke to them afterwards and was touched to see the tears flowing... 'Did you know,' they told me 'that Southampton used to proudly display a sign in the dock with the words 'The Gateway to Empire.'
It felt just right that this piece about migration,with its epic ship journey, should dock first in Southampton port.

 'I am trusting this boat to carry me safely on these huge waves...'

The playscript of  'The Arrival' was published by Methuen Drama on 20th March.

It's featured today on The Waterstone's blog.
'The Arrival' is now on tour 21st March - 13 April 2013


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