Thu 23 March 2023 - Sat 25 March 2023 (multiple performances)

How Not to Drown

A ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production, supported by Theatre Royal Stratford East. Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre.

  • Synopsis

    By Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati

    Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin return to the stage with an action packed, highly visual production telling the painful yet uplifting true story of an eleven year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker.

    “I don’t know why my Dad let me go, especially when he knew how dangerous, how hard it was… I was too young, too weak to make this journey. I wouldn’t have sent me… He wouldn’t have sent me unless there was a reason.”

    In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system.

    How Not to Drown shares a story of endurance for a little kid who wasn’t safe or welcome anywhere in the world, performed by an ensemble cast starring Dritan Kastrati himself.
  • Thu 23 Mar: 7:30pm

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    Fri 24 Mar: 7:30pm

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    Sat 25 Mar: 2:30pm

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    Sat 25 Mar: 7:30pm

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  • "truly stunning"

    The Scotsman

    "a devastating self-portrait of real life on the emotional front line"

    The Herald

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