Duration: 60 minutes
A conversation between two passengers on a bus is the starting point for this epic, unfolding story set against the background of a journey where you ride on a bus through London’s Royal Docks. First seen in Melbourne, where it was described by Arts Hub Australia as “a brilliantly crafted story that thrusts you into a live-action cinematic experience”, Passenger explores the tangled relationship between local and global, blurring the line between reality and fiction in a spectacular and all-encompassing experience.
Full 2019 programme and more information and ticket sales to be announced.
A production by Jessica Wilson.
Devised by: Jessica Wilson, Ian Pidd and Nicola Gunn
Script by: Nicola Gunn
Direction by: Jessica Wilson and Ian Pidd
Performers: Beth Buchanan and Jim Russell
Composer: Tom Fitzgerald
Devising input also by: Bec Reid and Jeff Blake
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body as well as by the City of Melbourne. Passenger received commissioning support from the Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Royal Docks has been a global centre for innovation and industry since the 1800s: established as the largest enclosed port in the world, it facilitated the movement of hundreds of thousands of cargoes and passenger ships, spawning settlements such as Canning Town and North Woolwich, and despite heavy bombing during the Blitz, remained open during the Second World War and kept Britain supplied with food. As its industry was transformed by the containerisation of cargo, the area fell into decline, resulting in high levels of unemployment and social deprivation. The Royal Docks is now experiencing significant change. It is London’s only Enterprise Zone and one of its largest regeneration projects, managed by the Royal Docks Team, a joint initiative by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham.