A man wakes, face down, sprawled across his single bed, the sunlight gently creeping through the window. Today is the day he will change his life.
A Boeing 777 begins its descent towards Heathrow. The wheels unfold out of the belly of the plane. The frozen body of a stowaway is tipped out and cuts through the clear morning sky
In the car park of B&Q, Andy looks up. Something is falling out of the sky. A man crash-lands on the ground in front of him.
Stowaway is the story of a man from India who moves to the UAE for the promise of work and prosperity. When he finds himself trapped within a Dubai labour camp, with his passport and wages withheld from him, he hides in the wheel well of a plane bound for the UK, in a bid for a better life. It’s a story about invisible and physical borders and the people who transcend them.
But what are the rules of telling someone else’s story when they come from a world so very different from our own; where telling their story could act to perpetuate an unresolved history of imperialism?
With the skeleton of a plane cutting across the stage, Stowaway flies back and forth through time and place, looking at storytelling as a political act.
Cast & creative team
Development supported by the British Council through Connections in Culture, Creative Scotland, National Theatre Studio and Traverse Theatre
Produced in association with New Wolsey Theatre
Written and directed by Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington
Designed by Rhys Jarman
Lighting Design by Katharine Williams
Music and Sound Design by Philip Pinsky
Movement Direction by Vanessa Cook (2014) and Kane Husbands (2016)
Cast: Steven Rae, Balvinder Sopal, Hannah Donaldson, Devesh Kishore
Produced by Ric Watts
Production Managed by Helen Mugridge
Stage Managed by Molly Stoker and Ian Smyth
Reviews"A serious and stylistically playful navigation between two worlds... A show that lays bare the heartbreak of such unnecessary fatalities" ★★★★ The Herald
Spring Tour 2016
Shoreditch Town Hall, London -Tue 26 - Sat 30 Apr, 7.30pm
HOME, Manchester - Thu 5 - Sat 7 May, 7.30pm
The Civic, Barnsley - Thu 12 May, 7.30pm
Ticket booking links can be found on the calendar page.
REACH Tour to nine venues across the North East, plus dates in Scotland at Platform, Paisley Arts Centre and Traverse Theatre.
Spring Tour around the South East, including Shoreditch Town Hall, New Wolsey Theatre, Brighton Dome, South Street and The North Wall.
Development at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Initial research trip to India, supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland.
Development time at National Theatre Studio