Come From Away is set in the week following the 9/11 attacks and tells the story of thousands of travellers grounded in the remote town of Gander. 38 Planes with around 7,000 people on board were diverted to the remote town in Newfoundland, Canada.
Most people would run a mile from this show, a feel good 9/11 show, you must be joking. Doesn’t it seem in bad taste? Well, you’d be pleasantly surprised. Come From Away is a celebration of the best in humanity. In the short space of 100 minutes, I was on an emotional roller coaster. There’s really not enough words to describe the show. It is incredible, thought provoking and entirely moving. You leave the theatre feeling truly blown away by the selflessness of the characters and inspired by how tragedy can bring people together.
The cast are absolutely phenomenal, you can’t pick a standout performance as they are all absolutely brilliant. All twelve cast members take ownership of the story and seamlessly transition into their different roles, you sit there in absolute awe of their talent. The cast come together to form a perfect ensemble, you’ll fall in love with the characters and their stories, an international love story, a nervous gay couple, an hilarious guy from the Bronx. You also see the heart breaking moments, a mother who can’t contact her firefighter son and the first signs of Islamophobia which casts an Egyptian restaurateur as a terror suspect, it actually breaks your heart and you can’t even begin to imagine what the Islamic community must have gone through after the attacks. The music and lyrics are catchy and cleverly written, you’ll feel emotions you didn’t even know possible. The choreography is simple yet so effective, especially when set on the plane. The casting for this production is flawless.
The show is fascinating and uplifting, so discover what the hype is about yourself and book your ticket IMMEDIATELY. Tickets are available from £11.90 HERE.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, you found your heart but left a part of you behind