'Adapted from The Arrival by Shaun Tan, this is a universal migrant tale set in a fantastical time and place. A man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a strange, wondrous new world where giant ships fly through the air and curious creatures abound. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels the man meets fellow migrants each with their own tale to tell. Like Shaun Tan's book this production is a tribute to migrants, refugees and displaced people worldwide. It is ultimately a story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope.' Source: www.redleaptheatre.co.nz/ (Sighted 12/01/2010).
First produced by New Zealand's Red Leap Theatre as part of the 2009 Auckland Festival at The Civic, the Edge, Cnr Queen and Wellesley Sts, Auckland and has toured since then. Director: Julie Nolan.
First produced in Australia as as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival at the CarriageWorks Bay 17, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Jan 10-17 2010
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"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)