The Arrival



Co-created by: Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari

Based on the illustrated novel by: Shaun Tan

Directed by: Kristine Landon-Smith

Script by: Sita Brahmachari

Designer: Adam Wiltshire

Choreography: Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Visual Design: Yeast Culture

Lighting Design: Andy Purves

Composer: Felix Cross

Sound Designer: Mike Furness

Circus Consultant: Glen Stewart

Cast: Charlie Folorunsho, Antonio Harris, Gisele Edwards, Nektarios Papadopoulos, Antoinette Akodulu, Addis Williams, Jackie Le, Sam Hague

A Tamasha and Circus Space collaboration 

Tamasha is funded by Arts Council England and gratefully acknowledges financial support from: London Councils, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Idlewild Trust, the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Unity Theatre Trust and its Friends and Patrons.


The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton – 21-23 Mar 2013

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – 26-28 Mar 2013

Theatre Royal, York – 2-3 Apr 2013

Northern Stage, Newcastle – 5-6 Apr 2013

Jacksons Lane, London – 9-13 Apr 2013

Freddie was invited to be the choreographer for a new production, The Arrival, created by Tamasha in 2013. 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.


“A beautifully understated show that encompasses many kinds of language: physical, musical and emotional … Creeps up on you and seizes your heart.”  The Guardian, Read full review 

“A 50 minute gem that fuses movement, music, poetry, circus skills and projected animations seamlessly to bring the experience of strangers arriving in strange lands to life.” The Stage, Read full review ›


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