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'The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival, a new school, a new job, a new town.' Source: http://www.sppt.asn.au/arrival.htm (Sighted 17/07/2006)
First produced by Shaun Tan and the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street Fremantle, 1 - 22 July 2006. Director: Philip Mitchell
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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)