Going Through

by Estelle Savasta and translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith
A Bush Theatre co-production with the Institut français du Royaume Uni as part of its Cross Channel Theatre and En Scène! programmes
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UK Premiere
Writer and director Estelle Savasta runs ‘Hippolyte a mal au cœur’, a company creating ground-breaking bilingual work based in France. Her first play Seule dans ma peau d’âne received acclaim at the 2008 Molières awards. Going Through (originally Traversée) is her second play.

“It’s not always children’s stories that happen to children.”

When the men come to drive her away, Youmna cuts off Nour’s hair. And so begins one girl’s journey. By bus, by lorry, into the sound of gun-shots, through adolescence and across borders. All she can take with her is a little box and her memories of Youmna, the woman who raised her.

Going Through is a bold and visually thrilling production about the journeys child migrants take and the loved ones they leave behind. From Omar Elerian, director of acclaimed West End hit Misty, this production is for deaf and hearing audiences and combines English, BSL and Creative Captioning.

Going Through is the UK premiere of Estelle Savasta‘s critically acclaimed French play Traversée and is translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith.

“This gently uplifting play about child migration – performed in English and beautifully signed – delights in language”
★★★★
Guardian

“A delicate and moving coming-of-age story”
★★★★
Time Out

“An intricately woven and affectingly performed story about the pain of forced relocation and separation”
★★★★
The Stage

“tender, humour-filled”
★★★★
WhatsOnStage

“A fleshed out narrative of sacrifice, womanhood and identity”
★★★★
Theatre Full Stop

“A delicate study of human emotion and relationships”
★★★★
Rewrite This Story

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“ A coming-of-age narrative with a poignancy that gathers pace and grows”
Time Out
‘Intricately woven and affectingly performed’
The Stage
"An unusual coming-of-age tale and a feminist piece about self-expression."
WhatsOnStage
“A fantastic theatrical piece”
Rewrite This Story
"The cast of two are wonderful to watch"
Theatre Full Stop
"A highly visual and engaging production"
The Plays The Thing UK
"Gorgeous writing, a stonkingly good production and a brilliant cast"
View From the Circle

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Cast

Nadia Nadarajah
Nadia trained at International Visual Theatre (Paris). Theatre Credits include: A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet and As You Like It (Shakespeare's Globe), The Unheard World (Arlington Artist Centre, Newbury), Our Town (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Untouchable (RADA Festival), The House of Bernarda Alba (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Can I Start Again Please (UK Tour), Notre Dame (National Theatre), Grounded (Deafinitely Theatre at Park Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe), Windibops (UK Tour), Tyrannosaurus Drip (Stratford Circus), Love Labours Lost (Shakespeare's Globe), Tanika's Journey (Deafinitely Theatre), Girls and Dolls (Southwark Playhouse), Deafhood (Bristol Old Vic), Invisible (Deafinitely Theatre), I Believe in Unicorns and We're Going On A Bearhunt (Little Angel Theatre).
Charmaine Wombwell
Charmaine studied Drama at the University of Hull. In 2013 she began her training in Physical Theatre and Devising at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), and soon after created her one woman dark clown show, Scarlet Shambles: It Used to be Me, which she took to The Edinburgh Fringe 2015. Charmaine then returned to LISPA (now in Berlin) to study Integral Movement and Performance Practice, to deepen her understanding of storytelling and artistic creation. Charmaine’s credits include Grounded (Park Theatre/Deafinitely Theatre), Champion of the World (BSLBT BSLZone/Film4), Karagula (Soho Theatre), The Listening Room (Old Red Lion), Not I (BSL performance) (Touretteshero/Battersea Arts Centre and tour: Southbank Centre, Albany Deptford, The Lowry (Salford) DADA Fest (Liverpool)), Fram and Dunt (Push Festival, HOME Manchester).  Voice over credits: Aimee in Magic Hands (Cbeebies).  Directing credits include Raymond Antrobus’ A Language We Both Know How To Sound Out (Roundhouse).

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