Tuesday 16th October, 7.45pm
Tickets: £17 and £15 for schools
Duration: 85 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for: 16+. Adult content and strong language.
Other: There will be a Q&A after the show.
OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story is a humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert.
This Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees immigrating to Canada in 1908.
It's about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late, and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.
Written by acclaimed Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch and winner of the Herald Angel Award and Scotsman Fringe First, OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story thrilled audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and is touring the UK following a hugely successful run in New York, Edmonton in Canada and Mayfest in Bristol.
Based in Halifax, Canada, internationally-acclaimed 2b theatre company’s director Christian Barry worked with Hannah Moscovitch and Ben Caplan to create a show inspired by the real life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, immigrating to Canada in the early twentieth century, viewed through the historical lens of Jewish immigrants a hundred years ago. And it’s a love story, albeit one with its fair share of loss.
2b theatre company is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the city of Halifax. Thanks to the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage for their support of this show and of arts and culture in Nova Scotia. Thanks to The Citadel Theatre and the Theatre Arts Residency program at Banff Centre for their contributions to the development of Old Stock, and to our co-production partners at the National Arts Centre.
UK tour funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Canada Council for the Arts, with support from the Canadian High Commission and produced by DTP.
OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story
Playwright: Hannah Moscovitch
Director: Christian Barry
Songs by: Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*
*Except for Traveler’s Curse by Geoff Berner & The Happy People by Danny Rubenstein
Ben Caplan - The Wanderer
Chris Weatherstone - Chaim, woodwinds
Mary Fay Coady - Chaya, violin
Graham Scott - keyboard and accordion
Jamie Kronick - drumkit
Assistant Director: Laura Vingoe-Cram
Production Manager: Louisa Adamson
Production Assistant: Patricia Vinluan
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Christine Oakey
Sound Engineer: Jordan Palmer
Costume Design: Carly Beamish
Set Design: Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry
Lighting Design: Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry
“Bewitching” ★★★★Time Out NY Critic’s Pick
“Playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating.” ★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
“A thing of raw and unmissable beauty." ★★★★★ Herald Scotland
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from 2b theatre company on Vimeo.
“An important play executed with breath-taking brilliance.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Irresistible, borne along on a tide of brilliant klezmer music and original song that links us to an old world, and helps us to live joyfully in a new one.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“A noisy treasure…rarely loses its sense of madcap urgency.” New York Times Critic’s Pick
“A hugely engaging experience” The Guardian
“Darkly funny and moving…it is hard to imagine a more apt time for a production with so clear a moral center.” The New Yorker
All tickets include a £1 booking fee. There is an additional charge of £1 for postage. For groups of 9+, you will need to call 01992 531500 directly.
Are you a wheelchair user or do you have limited mobility?
Please contact the box office in advance on 01992 531500 who will arrange seating for you and book your tickets.