Adapted from the award winning graphic novel by Shaun Tan, The Arrival is a universal migrant tale set in a fantastical time and place.
A man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a strange, wondrous new world where giant ships fly through the air and curious creatures abound. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels the man meets fellow migrants each with their own tale to tell.
Like Tan’s book this production is a tribute to migrants, refugees and displaced people worldwide. It is ultimately a story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope.
Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival 2009. Winner of 6 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Best Production, Most Original Production, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design and Best Newcomer.
"One of the most memorable, remarkable, technically complex and beautiful productions this country has seen." - Capital Times
Original devising cast
Tahi Mapp - Borren
Concept and Imagery Design
Composition and Sound Design
Alex Tarrant Keepa
Auckland Arts Festival
Sydney International Arts Festival
Hong Kong Arts Festival
City Hall Theatre
Wellington - New Zealand International Arts Festival
The Opera House
LG Arts Centre
Korea - Busan International Peforming Arts Festival
Busan Cultural Centre
Auckland - The Edge Winter Showtime Programme
Macao Cultural Centre
Taiwan - Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival
Da Dong Arts Centre