The Other Room’s The Story and Hela make a delightful and daring double bill of Welsh drama at Theatre503.
New immersive experience tells its story of people trafficking with considerable power and imagination.
For anyone in doubt of how immigrants would go to start a new life in a different country need to get themselves to the Arcola Theatre to see this brutal and horrifying play….
Civil war is raging in the formerly united, newly named Kingdom. Loyalists and rebels have divided up the charred, frightened remains. Religious fundamentalism and capital punishment are the law of the land. There are furtive rumours of a better life across the channel, and there are regular passages to Calais. Money can buy passports, or if you don’t have any of that, there are people who will help you stow away as Cargo that you can pay later. But safety isn’t a given once you’re on board.
Empathy is an important word in theatre. Compassion and human connection are at the forefront of what makes good theatre work, and my own starting point for any piece of theatre I may work on is ‘what does it make me feel?’ This was definitely the driving factor behind my decision to stage Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo at the Arcola this July.