Ages 8+

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


Touring 10th February - 14th March 2020 to schools and theatres. 

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.


The Making of Adrift — originally screened at the Ellesmere Port premiere of Adrift, this documentary gives a behind-the-scenes insight into producing professional theatre with a primary school 

Making Waves — this short documentary visits local schools to see how Adrift has impacted their curriculum and their pupils

Praise for Adrift

"Every child in the UK needs to see this show." 
Una Meehan, University of Chester

"Heartbreaking, captivating, hilarious"
Audience review

"As always — theatre that is truly for, with and by young people" 
Steph Green, Thought Plane Theatre

"Perceptive, funny and powerfully told. One of the most important plays you’ll ever see." 
Audience Review

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:

Wed 12 February - 1:30pm Square Chapel, Halifax
Mon 17 February - 2:00pm St Mary's Creative Space, Chester
Sat 22 February - 2:00pm Greenwich Theatre, London
Sat 29 February - 2:00pm National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Sat 7 March - 11:30am The Egg, Bath
Sat 7 March - 3:00pm The Egg, Bath
Wed 11 March - 1:30pm Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Wed 11 March - 4:30pm Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Thu 12 March - 10:30am Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Thu 12 March - 1:30pm Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Fri 13 March - 1:30pm Washington Arts Centre