A co-production with Bush Theatre.

The longest journey home this Christmas…

In Australia, Gerry hopes to meet his mother for the first time. Despite being almost sixty, he has spent his whole life believing he’s an orphan.

In Liverpool, Mary brews a good, strong pot of tea. Nothing posh. But she’s as nervous as a pig at a butcher’s.

Determined to uncover his past, Gerry and his daughter Sally embark on an extraordinary journey home – halfway across the world – in a precarious bid to bring their family together.

Through a programme created by the British Government and eagerly supported by an Australia in the throes of its ‘White Australia’ policy, between 1945 and 1968 over three thousand British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and opportunity. Instead they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm. Tom Holloway’s tender new play unearths a secret buried by time that, in turn, exposes a world of historical injustices currently in the limelight.

This European premiere reunites HighTide with the Bush Theatre (Incognito by Nick Payne, 2014) and is directed by HighTide’s award-winning Artistic Director, Steven Atkinson.

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Supported by:

Lansons: Advice, Ideas, Results   RVHF
and The Richard Carne Trust

Intensely powerful child-migrant drama

The Guardian

A highly relevant play the mixes strong personal emotion with an equally powerful political point.

Arts Desk

Cast & Creatives

  • Eleanor Bron Mary
  • Russell Floyd Gerry
  • Sarah Ridgeway Sally
  • Sargon Yelda Mark
  • Tom Holloway Playwright
  • Steven Atkinson Director
    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).
  • Lily Arnold Design
    Lily trained at Wimbledon College of Art. For HighTide: Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (HighTide Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre); peddling (HighTide Festival, 59E59 Theaters, New York City, Arcola Theatre). Theatre and Opera includes: The Fruit Trilogy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemoore (Unicorn Theatre); Things Will Never be The Same Again (Tricycle Theatre); The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae); The Box of Photographs, Minotaur (Polka Theatre); The Jew of MaltaKing Lear; Taming Of The ShrewThe Rape of Lucrece (RSC); Up and Out Christmas Sprout (Northern Stage); Tomcat (Papatango); Blake Remixed (Underbelly/National Tour); Beached (Marlowe Studios/Soho Theatre); The Edge of our BodiesGruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre);  World Enough and Time (Park theatre); The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy/Soho Theatre); A Season in the CongoThe Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic); Happy New (Trafalgar Studios); Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio); Red Handed (The Place, London).
  • Elliot Griggs Lighting
    Elliot trained at RADA. For HighTide: Forget Me Not  (Bush Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre/HighTide Festival/Unity Theatre, Liverpool). Theatre includes: Pomona (National Theatre/Royal Exchange/Orange Tree Theatre); Yen (Royal Court/Royal Exchange); The ArgumentDeluge (Hampstead Theatre); Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Hull Truck/Bolton Octagon); Chicken (Eastern Angles); Tether (Edinburgh Festival); buckets (Orange Tree Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Contact (Bravo 22); Benefit (Cardboard Citizens); Fleabag (Soho Theatre/UK Tour); Henry IV (Associate Lighting Designer, Donmar Warehouse); CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre); Defect (Perfect Pitch); He Had Hairy HandsThe Boy Who Kicked Pigs (The Lowry, Manchester/UK tour);  Marching On Together (Old Red Lion); My Eyes Went DarkRachel, John Ferguson, The Soft of her Palm, And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre); Infanticide (Camden People’s Theatre); Belleville Rendez-Vous (Greenwich Theatre); Meat (Theatre503); Lagan (Oval House Theatre); Love Re:Imagined (Only Connect); Folk Contraption (Southbank Centre).    Awards: Best Lighting Designer (Off West End Awards 2014); New Talent in Entertainment Lighting (Association of Lighting Designers 2014); Francis Reid Award (Association of Lighting Designers 2011); ShowLight Award (NSDF 2009).
  • George Dennis Sound