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Stowaway at Arts Centre Washington


A regional tour of ‘Stowaway’, the new show from award-winning theatre company Analogue, comes to Arts Centre Washington on Friday 11 March.

Stowaway is a story about a man from India who finds himself far from home and adrift from everything he knows.  He hides in the wheel arch of a commercial airliner bound for the UK, in a bid to change his life.  His body is discovered, frozen, in the car park of a B&Q in a leafy suburb of outer London.

Inspired by a number of real-life stories of similar bodies found along the flight paths of the South East’s busy airports, Stowaway is the story of an extraordinary journey in search of an impossible future, developed by Analogue’s co-director Hannah Barker and long term Analogue co-writer Lewis Hetherington. 

Barker and Hetherington undertook a trip to Chennai and Kolkata in 2012, where they took a similar story from a newspaper.  Every meeting on the trip presented a new interpretation of the story, each a contradiction of the last.  This trip and the subsequent development process have raised important questions about the sensitivities of telling someone’s story when they come from a world so different from our own – questions that have become central to this production. 

With the skeleton of a plane cutting across the stage, Stowaway flies back and forth through time and place, to present a physical and compelling piece of theatre that looks at storytelling as a political act.

The show tours the North East in Spring 2016 as part of REACH, the Strategic Touring initiative run by DEP Arts and ARC Stockton Arts Centre visiting Bishop Auckland Town Hall, The Customs House South Shields, ARC Stockton, Hartlepool Town Hall, Saltburn Community Theatre, Alnwick Playhouse, Queens Hall Arts Centre, Arts Centre Washington and Seaton Delaval Art Centre

Analogue’s award-winning work includes Mile End, Beachy Head, 2401 Objects, Lecture Notes on a Death Scene and Re-enactments.  The company are associate artists of Farnham Maltings and Shoreditch Town Hall.  Stowaway has been developed with the support of British Council, Arts Council England, Platform, National Theatre Studio, Traverse Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, PULSE Festival and Migrants Research Council.

Stowaway is on at Arts Centre Washington on Friday 11 March at 7.30pm, tickets are ‘Pay What You Decide’ meaning you can pre book your tickets but decide what you want to pay after the show! 

Book by visiting Arts Centre Washington or call 0191 561 3455.

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