Ages 8+

Action Transport Theatre present, in partnership with St. Bernard's RC Primary School


A refugee fairytale.

Two children are in a boat.

They play. They laugh. They argue.

They dream of catching a fish so big it will capsize the boat. Of encountering a mermaid who will sing them the most beautiful melodies. Of lassoing a whale who will pull them to shore, to a new land of thick green grass and endless blue skies. A safe land.

Adrift is a brand new play from Beverley Hancock-Smith, developed by acclaimed children’s theatre company Action Transport Theatre, created in partnership with St. Bernard’s RC Primary School.

Adrift brings together the celebrated company behind the critically acclaimed STATIk and Happily Ever After with international mime and physical theatre artists Vini Carvalho (Brazil) and Carmen Arquelladas (Spain), original music from Patrick Dineen (Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf, Happily Ever After) and enchanting design from Lois Maskell (The Mighty Boosh).

Told with tenderness, humour and ATT’s signature visual storytelling, Adrift is a celebration of the resilience and imagination of childhood.

Praise for previous shows

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Witty and intelligent [...] engages adult and child alike"
THE REVIEWS HUB (for Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf)

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Pure magic"
LONDON THEATRE 1 (for Happily Ever After)

★ ★ ★ ★ "A gift to children of all ages"
THE STAGE (for The Jungle Book)

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Imaginative and inspirational"

Creative Team

Written by Beverley Hancock-Smith
Created in partnership with the pupils of St. Bernard’s RC Primary School, Ellesmere Port

Director: Nina Hajiyianni
Associate Director: Mike Beigel
Dramaturg: Kevin Dyer

Composer: Patrick Dineen
Designer: Lois Maskell
Stage Manager: Matt Bennett

Performed by: Carmen Arquelladas & Vini Carvalho
Adrift is a Big Imaginations commission


Big Imaginations Festival

Tour dates:

Sun 30 September - 3:00pm The Boo, Rossendale
Mon 1 October - 6:00pm Ellesmere Port Civic Hall
Tue 23 October - 2:00pm Z-arts, Manchester
Sat 3 November - 11:00am Stratford Circus, London
Sat 3 November - 2:00pm Stratford Circus, London