Private: One Way Ticket

Show Details

Dates: 30 Apr - 3 May 2014
Times: Wed - Fri 1.30pm; Fri 4.00pm; Sat 11am & 2pm
Running Time: 60 mins
Age Range: 8-12s

Half Moon presents One Way Ticket
A Rosemary Harris poetry theatre production in association with Apples and Snakes & Nuffield

A powerful, poetic true story of stolen childhood. 

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

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Sophie Rose & Justin Coe & Three Sisters, Tobacco Dock 6. Photo Richard Matthews

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 presented by three poetry performers 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 on the other side of the world.

One Way Ticket 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.

Not suitable for under 8s.

One Way Ticket is written and performed by Rosemary Harris with Justin Coe and Sophie Rose.

This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

One Way Ticket is also touring nationally prior to its run at Half Moon. Click here for more information.

What audiences have said:

“I went to see the performance of One Way Ticket on SSShieldhall at Southampton this afternoon. I thought it was a brilliant piece of dramatised poetry. I felt it succeeded really well as a STORY told in verse. The verse form was not too dominant but appeared to advance and recede quite naturally as the story unfolded and developed. As a piece of story-telling One Way Ticket captured the listener’s imagination just like a Michael Morpurgo story does. The facial expressions and body language really created a seamless integration of poetry and drama. I thought Sophie particularly excelled in this aspect and the other two were good at this also. And finally I feel that One Way Ticket should be billed as a story for ALL ages. As an older adult I found it every bit as intriguing and moving as I guess the younger members of the audience did. Don’t suggest that it is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. This might be denying adults a real treat!!!” David Bailey, 29 March 2014 

‘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

General public performances of One Way Ticket on Saturday 3 May will be followed by an informal creative activities session, where the whole audience (children and adults) can further explore the themes that arise from the play. Participants will develop their own creative writing and performance skills and the session will culminate in a chance for the participants to either present or have their own poem presented by the actors in the show. The session lasts 45-60 minutes.

Schools performances of One Way Ticket on 30 April, 1 & 2 May will be preceded by a one hour workshop at 11.30am for a maximum of 30 participants (one class) lasting 1 hour. The workshop will prepare the young people for their experience, giving them a chance to meet cast members and explore relevant themes including historical context of the story and creating and performing spoken word pieces from their own life experiences. This is free to groups who have booked the performance at 1.30pm. Groups can eat their packed lunches at the theatre following the workshop and before the performance.

If you are from a school or other community group looking to book a show, please note that it is often possible to programme an additional performance of one of our Half Moon presents shows including One Way Ticket, at Half Moon or your building. For schools/community bookings contact: Beccy Allen, Producer (Creative Learning) on 020 7709 8908 or see our Schools Shows page.

Photos below taken by Gary Weston, from the performance of One Way Ticket on LV21, Gillingham 

Photos by Gary Weston