Last Chance to See – ‘The Arrival’ and ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ at Bush Theatre

The story of two siblings separated by adoption is central to The Arrival, a new play by Olivier Award-winning theatre director Bijan Sheibani ends a critically acclaimed run at the Bush Theatre, London on 18 January. The play explores the real need to keep siblings together when fostering or adoption is taking place and the life-long detrimental effects that can happen when siblings are kept apart.

Research shows that maintaining sibling relationships for those in care is associated with more stable placements, stronger developmental outcomes, and better mental health and wellbeing. Conversely, separation often results in life-long issues around identity and attachment.

The Arrival explores these long-term issues, starting with the joyful reunion between biological brothers Tom (Scott Karim) and Samad (Irfan Shamji).  Despite 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, the psychological effects of being separated begin to cast a dark shadow over their new-found bond.

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 theatre director Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Brothers Size).

I Wanna Be Yours a co-production with Paines Plough and Tamasha Theatre Company also closes on 18 January after a six week run in the Bush studio and a UK tour.

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got.  I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from Zia Ahmed, a poet, and playwright from North-West London. Zia is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Slam Champion and a Writer in Residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme 2017. He is currently part of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group and under commission to write poems at Southbank Centre for Free Word.

I Wanna Be Yours is fully BSL integrated.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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