National Tour:
The Arrival

Adapted from the award winning book by Shaun Tan

THE ARRIVAL // 2017 NATIONAL TOUR

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land.

Will he find a place to live? Will he find a job and make friends? Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again?

The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but emphasises the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful and surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting. This ground breaking production blurs the boundaries of performance, digital animation and puppetry. This is an emotionally moving piece which will touch anyone who has bid farewell to a loved one.

Suitable for all ages, perfect for 5+

// WESTERN AUSTRALIA REGIONAL TOUR

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

  • Thursday 2 November, 10am (SOLD OUT!) & 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 November, 10am (SOLD OUT!)  & 6.30pm

Arts Margaret River

  • Saturday 11 November, 10am & 2pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

  • Tuesday 14 November, 11am & 6pm

Albany Entertainment Centre

  • Friday 17 November, 10.30am & 6.30pm

Esperance Civic Centre

  • Tuesday 21 November, 1.30pm & 6pm

 

This project is possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

 

 

 

// NATIONAL TOUR

Ulumbarra Theatre (VIC)

  • 11 August 2017, 10am & 1.30pm
  • 12 August 2017, 10am

Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts Centre (VIC)

  • 16 August 2017, 10am & 12pm

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (VIC)

  • 22 August 2017, 10am & 1.30pm

Burrinja Theatre (VIC)

  • 26 August 2017, 10.30am & 1.30pm

Marion Cultural Centre (SA)

  • 31 August 2017, 10am & 1pm
  • 1 September 2017, 1pm & 8pm

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW)

  • 6-7 September 2017, 10.30am & 12.30pm daily

Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre (NSW)

  • 12-15 September 2017, 10.30am & 12.30pm daily

NORPA presents The Arrival at Lismore City Hall (NSW)

  • 19 September 2017, 11.00am & 6.00pm

The Street Theatre (ACT)

  • 27 September 2017, 10am & 2pm
  • 28 September 2017, 10am & 2pm
  • 29 September 2017, 10am & 6pm
  • 30 September 2017, 10am & 2pm

Redland Performing Arts Centre (QLD)

  • 7 October 2017, 10.30am & 1pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast (QLD)

  • 12 October 2017, 10.30am & 12.45pm
  • 13 October 2017, 10.30am & 12.45pm
  • 14 October 2017, 11am

Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD)

  • 17-18 October 2017, 10am & 1pm daily

Empire Theatres (QLD)

  • 20 October 2017, 11am & 6pm
  • 21 October 2017, 11am & 2pm

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

Credits
Director
Philip Mitchell
Adapting Writer
Michael Barlow
Designer
Jiri Zmitko
Composer
Lee Buddle
Lighting designer
Graham Walne
Puppet Construction
Jiri Zmitko and Kipling Smith
Animation Design
Michael Barlow
History

2006 Premiere Season

2008 Fremantle Season

2008 National Tour

2011 Fremantle Season

Performers

Alicia Osyka

Adrienne Patterson

Ellis Pearson

Shirley van Sanden

Awards

Winner of the Western Australian Equity Guild Award for ‘Best Production of 2006’

Reviews & Media

"…one of the best pieces of children’s theatre stages in Perth for years, a soulful and richly imaginative show of refreshing excellence."

The Australian