One Way Ticket audience responses



As One Way Ticket finishes its national tour with a run at Half Moon, we share some of the audience feedback from across the country:

“It really was such a beautiful, inspiring, funny, emotional and eye-opening piece…I couldn’t imagine how you were going to tell a story about such a challenging subject, through the medium of poetry, for an audience of young people…I was so glad to have seen it on two separate days as the experience was completely different on each, watching it on a rainy Monday, below deck with only a small number of people, some of whom were from an arts background, some of whom were not.  The Monday felt very intimate and very emotional and it was particularly moving speaking to the family who sat in front of me when we spoke about the parallels with Black slavery and how shocked they were that something so similar had been happening only half a century ago, targeting children in particular.  And the Tuesday allowed me to appreciate the lighter side of the script with it happening outside in the sun and fresh air and following up with the children’s poetry trail, which worked brilliantly and prompted some amazing contributions from the young people who had clearly been inspired by your work.” 

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“Our group of youngsters arrived at Gillingham Pier on Tuesday, a little nervous and excited as they didn’t know what to expect. We only knew we were going to see a theatre show on-board LV21, a rather large light vessel.
On arrival we climbed stairs just how you would climb a ladder, it was all very exciting! We got a chance to explore the boat before the show started too which was great. All the young people were fascinated by the different rooms and all the different things on the ship.

We headed up on to the deck for the start of the show for the first five minutes and the rest inside. The young people really enjoyed seeing a theatre show on the boat, and although it was funny, it was a serious story told through poetry – it all rhymed too!

LV21On arrival we climbed stairs just how you would climb a ladder, it was all very exciting! We got a chance to explore the boat before the show started too which was great. All the young people were fascinated by the different rooms and all the different things on the ship.

We headed up on to the deck for the start of the show for the first five minutes and the rest inside. The young people really enjoyed seeing a theatre show on the boat, and although it was funny, it was a serious story told through poetry – it all rhymed too!

Once the show had finished all the young people got a chance to write their own poem. They all had different lines used from the show and had to write the next rhyming line. They all showed a good effort working together to write their poem and read it out loud in front of everyone on the boat. Everyone got to take a little badge as a prize. It was a great day had by all!

“The best thing about today was….. everything!” Olu, age 8

“We had lots of fun with Holly and Lucy, and I loved seeing the theatre show.” Lilly, age 9″

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“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!!!”