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One Way Ticket


Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th April 2014 | Doors at 1:30pm – Performance begins 2pm | Tickets £2
Performance is approx 50 mins followed by optional after show arts activities.

Not suitable for under 8 year olds, children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult

A Rosemary Harris poetry theatre production, presented by Half Moon in association with Apples and Snakes and Nuffield, for 8-12 year olds.

Line up, line up for your one way ticket,
One way ticket to a story that’s hard to believe
Of children like you, sent sailing into the blue.
Line up for your one way ticket, time now to leave…

Have you ever felt like you wanted to run away, far away where no one can find you? Be careful what you wish for…

Drawing on real-life stories, One Way Ticket is a gripping show, which is both funny and moving. Follow Jeannie, Ronnie and other children of the 1950s as they are sent by ship from children’s homes in the UK to tough new lives in Australia.

One Way Ticket is written and performed by Rosemary Harris with Justin Coe and Sophie Rose. The show offers a dramatic insight into the British Child Migrants’ scandal in the years following World War II, and the children’s continued search to be re-united with families today. A beautifully written account of belonging, institutionalised brutality and migration, the show is a thought-provoking and original new work that resonates with contemporary young audiences.

Following the performance you’re invited to tuck into some light refreshments and nibbles whilst taking part in informal creative activities, where the whole family can further explore the themes of the show or go on a treasure hunt to tour the ship. Create your own poetry with the performers, help artist Paulina Speltz build a boat of your dreams or join Medway Libraries inside the Captain’s Cabins to explore family trees and find out more about all the amazing things you can do at your local library. The event will culminate in a chance for one lucky participant to win a prize for the best poem written in response to the show.

What audiences have said:

‘Brilliantly written and performed. Good balance of humour and seriousness.’ (KS2 teacher, London)
‘Addresses challenging issues at a child’s level.’ (Parent of 8 year old)
‘I liked the rhyming dialogue.’ (8 year old audience member)
‘It was very funny and exciting.’ (10 year old audience member)

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Alternatively tickets also available for cash purchase aboard LV21 12-4pm during weekends throughout March. Some tickets may be available on the door – email or call 07788 413664 on the day of the performance to check.



This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Medway Council Arts Development Team.

Please note: The renovation of the historic lightship is an ongoing process and as such some areas are not accessible. There are steep stairs and narrow passageways throughout the vessel. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes and contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues.