The Arrival was a funny, imaginative and welcoming show, inspired by the award-winning graphic novel by Shaun Tan. It is the story of a man who makes a journey to start life in a new country. He doesn’t speak the language; he can’t read the maps or signs. The play is about migration, but also feeling out of place, trying to find your way.
Why this book? It’s beautiful, timely, resonant – and tells its story entirely through images. This appealed to us at Solar Bear. We worked with a cast of deaf and hearing actors, in BSL and English, trying to find a shared visual, physical language, with music and puppetry, to bring the story to life. It felt a lot like journeying to a new place.
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Jonathan Lloyd Director
Janis Hart Designer
Niroshini Thambar Composer
Ramesh Meyyappan Movement Director
Andrew Wilson LX Designer
Connor Fergus Bryson Assistant Director
Rick Conte Puppetry Consultant
Amy Dawson Technical Stage Manager
Suzie Goldberg Stage Manager
Bee George Production Manager
Charlotte Powell Design Assistant
Tomas Palmer Design Assistant
Katy Smillie Sign Language Interpreter
Amy Cheskin Sign Language Interpreter
Jill Gallacher Sign Language Interpreter
By Shaun Tan
Adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lloyd based on The Arrival Copyright © 2006 (By Shaun Tan)
Additional material (Mariem’s story) by Mariem Omari.
Book tickets: Happiness
‘Happiness’ is a project about young people’s mental health and resilience.
Macrobert Arts Centre , Stirling
- Fri 18 October 2019
- Call: 01786466666
- Email: email@example.com
2 performances, 4.30pm & 7.30pm
Entrance: access via lift
Box Office: low counters & a hearing loop
Toilets: accessible toilet at Haldane’s entrance
Changing Places Toilet: Complete with a hoist and a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench accessible via a wide ramp
Venue BSL video: https://bit.ly/2mcGzsN
PARKING: There are 5 parking bays for blue badge holders.