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The Arrival

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A moment of kindness in a sea of unfamiliarity... A long, hard day at work... A lively party... A nostalgic lullaby...

The story begins in Nigeria where the character of Dele plays a last game of football with his friends and says goodbye to his son Chidi, telling him he will send for him. He then embarks on a voyage where he meets strangers along the way carrying their own stories of upheaval, struggle and hope - sharing his dream to make their home in a new city and be joined by their families. Dele's journey melds with the present day. In an inner-city hostel, Dele is an old man being looked after by Tian Mey, his carer. He reflects the past and his journey to where he is now and his story intertwines with the other migrants, both in his memories of the journey and the present-day reality of the hostel.

Based on the illustrated novel by Oscar winner Shaun Tan, one man's tale echoes the many 'arrivals' happening around us all the time. This epic migration story unfolds through an extraordinary weaving together of theatre, circus and music. The Arrival tells the age-old story of immigration that is universal across peoples of diverse histories, countries and cultures.

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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Arrival (Modern Plays)
Author(s): Kristine Landon-Smith
ISBN: 1-4725-3500-6 / 978-1-4725-3500-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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