The Arrival » New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010 – The Arrival

Described as “infectious, captivating, and full of wonder”, this major work of physical and visual theatre is adapted from the award-winning graphic novel by Australian artist and author Shaun Tan. The story of an immigrant who flees his homeland in search of a better future, The Arrival is an emotive and inspiring account of one man’s quest to belong.

On his travels, The Arrival’s central character must navigate strange customs, curious creatures, and indecipherable languages to find the security he needs to reunite his family. Designed to enchant even the most stoic of hearts, The Arrival combines music, movement, comedy, expert puppetry, and shadow-play to perfectly capture the essence of Shaun Tan’s unique artistry.

Creator and director: Julie Nolan
Creator, imagery, and cast: Kate Parker
Lighting designer: Jeremy Fern
Set: John Verryt
Props: Simon Coleman
Music: Andrew McMillan
Costume: Elizabeth Whiting


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