One Way Ticket (2014-2015)

A Papertale production in association with Apples and Snakes
For family and adult audiences (Not suitable for under 8s)
Toured nationally as part of Half Moon Presents, 19 March 2014 – 28 November 2015.

A powerful, poetic true story of stolen childhood.

Sophie Rose at The Sea Lark, Tobacco Dock. Photo Richard Matthews (2) webLine 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 was a gripping show presented by three poetry performers which was both funny and moving. The audience followed Jeannie, Ronnie and other children of the 1950s as they were sent by ship from children’s homes in the UK to tough new lives in Australia.

One Way Ticket offered 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 was a thought-provoking and original new work that powerfully resonated with audiences.

One Way Ticket was written and performed for Papertale by Rosemary Harris with Justin Coe and Sophie Rose.  Not suitable for under 8s.

“Handling this troubling chapter in British and Australian history with dignity, the sophisticated production sees the painful and frustrated memories of a 66-year old woman become compelling viewing for young audiences.” *****
Childrens Theatre Reviews, 2014