The Arrival

by Bijan Sheibani
A Bush Theatre Production
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I’ve spent so much of my life wondering…passing people on the street… and now, yeah… you’re here

When Tom and Samad meet for the first time, they are stunned by the similarities they share. In spite of Tom’s adoption and all the years spent apart, the two brothers are joined by an undeniable biological bond.

But as they become closer and their lives entangle, they realise that finding each other comes at a price.

A taut family drama about obsession, betrayal and the human need to belong, The Arrival is a World Premiere written and directed by Olivier Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Brothers Size).

★★★★ “Tremendous” – The Times
★★★★ “Flawless” – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “Devastating” – Time Out
★★★★ “Exquisitely staged” – Observer
★★★★ “Aching” – Sunday Times
★★★★ “Gripping” – WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Beautiful” – Broadway World
This is a past event
“A truly tremendous debut"
The Times
"Concentrated, unadorned and subtle...here is a play with a long life"
The Observer
"A short sharp shock of a play"
Daily Telegraph
“A miracle of economy…delicate and devastating"
Time Out
"Delicate, precisely focused and beautifully developed"
Financial Times
"Sheibani writes his debut play like a poker professional reveals their winning hand"
WhatsOnStage
"A play of absolute beauty”
Lyn Gardner at Stagedoor
"Sheibani’s pacing is perfect, almost methodical. Eventually agonising."
The Upcoming
“Great stuff excellently performed”
The Arts Desk
"Emotional and important work"
Broadway World UK
"Compassionate and beautiful…shouldn’t be missed"
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Cast

Scott Karim
Scott Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes: OKLAHOMA! & The Country Wife (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Young Marx (Bridge Theatre), Food (Finborough Theatre) Imogen, The Merchant of Venice (Globe Theatre), King Lear (Royal & Derngate, and ATG), Brave New World (Royal & Derngate, and Touring Consortium), The Invisible (Bush Theatre), Dara, Great Britain, Othello (National Theatre), Ladybird (Secret/Heart), Cymbeline, The Brothers Karamazov, The House of Special Purpose, Romeo and Juliet, All for Love/Marriage a la Mode, The Tempest, Ajax, Undiscovered Country, The House of Ramon Iglesias (RADA), Masked (RADA Director’s Showcase). Television includes: The Dumping Ground (BBC), Dracula (Hartswood Films), Crazy Diamond 'Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K.Dick' (Leftbank For Channel 4 & Sony Television) Britannia (Amazon/Sky), Holby City (BBC). Film includes: White Girl
Irfan Shamji
Irfan plays Samad. He was born in Zambia and attended RADA and graduated in 2017. In his final year of RADA, Irfan played ‘Laertes’ in Kenneth Branagh’s production of HAMLET, opposite Tom Hiddleston. Other theatre credits include Hedda Tesman (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mayfly (Orange Tree Theatre), One For Sorrow (Royal Court),  and Dance Nation (Almeida). He was the recipient of the Clarence Darwent Award for his performances in Mayfly, One For Sorrow and Dance Nation. Film credits include Red Joan, and Murder On The Orient Express. Television credits include Urban Myths and Informer (BBC). Irfan recently voiced characters for Netflix’s Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, produced with the Jim Henson Company.  

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28 Sep
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