Bodies of Water

27 - 31 August | Ahoy Centre, Borthwick Street, SE8 RJY

Duration: 40 Minutes

“No one leaves home… Unless home is the mouth of a shark”

Sharing the stories of those who have travelled across land and water to seek refuge, the things we think we know and the things we’re told to believe… Opening our hearts and minds to listen, to really listen.   

Staged on the banks of the Thames, this theatrical experience mixes the soul-stirring poetry of Warsan Shire (Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black is King) with live performance directed by Olivier-winning director Matthew Xia, dramaturgy by Francesca Beard (Post-Truth Apocalypse) and live music by Britain’s most celebrated Oud player Rihab Azar 

Devised with community groups from across South East London, Bodies of Water  marks the fourth collaboration between Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Actors Touring Company following the critically acclaimed sell-out production of The Architect (2023), Family Tree (2021) and 846 Live (2020). 

Bodies of Water  is supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich ,Royal Greenwich Festivals,Arts Council England and FESTIVAL.ORG.With thanks to The Ahoy Centre.


More information about  Actors Touring Company 

Actors Touring Company produces international contemporary theatre that travels – making the global, local and the local, global.

ACT are committed to producing international plays; and to touring the work of those global voices throughout  the UK (and beyond).

Matthew Xia, one of British theatre’s most exciting talents, has been Artistic Director for ACT since 2019. Matthew brings with him fresh thinking about the global identities within contemporary British society. Matthew’s work explores voices from the cultures that make up our globe and our nation – and the ways in which they intersect.

More information about Bodies of Water

The Experience

Performed on the banks of the Thames as the tide comes in, Actors Touring Company’s Bodies of Water is based on Warsan Shire’s (Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black is King ) poem Home, co-created with local sanctuary seeking people and directed by Oliver-winning director Matthew Xia. 

Promotional photography will take place at this event.

If you do not wish to be featured in our content, please ask one of our volunteers (easily noticeable, in their pink t-shirts) for a no photography sticker.

Site Access

Free and ticketed. Booking information coming soon.  

Assistance Dogs Welcome.  

Level Access  

There is a slope down from the Ahoy Centre to the beach. Trackway will be used to ensure accessibility.  

Access Viewing Areas 

An access viewing area for disabled audience members will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users, companions and seating with and without arms will be available.   

Accessible Toilets 

In the Ahoy Centre  

The nearest Changing Places toilet 0.6 miles from the Ahoy Centre in Deptford Lounge, it closes 7pm Monday-Friday and 5pm Saturday. Please bring a sling to use the hoist. 

Blue badge parking  

Borthwick St, London SE8 3JY 

Drop-off point 

Borthwick St, London SE8 3JY 


For Access questions, contact [email protected] // 07899 893 935    

For other audience questions, contact our Box Office: [email protected] 

Show Access

BSL Interpretation on Tuesday 27 & Saturday 31 Aug    

Live AD 7pm Saturday 31 Aug  

Easy-read Visual Guide and Aftercare Pack -coming soon.  

Content Information: Bodies of Water contains themes of migration, displacement and the challenges faced by refugees.   

Please consider suitability for anyone under 16.    

For specific content information please email [email protected] 

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