“The little box is on the shelf. She is allowed to look at it and to touch it.
I am not allowed to open it.
She is not allowed to open it.
For as long as she can remember, Nour has lived with Youmna. Youmna is beautiful and gentle and good, and she smells like the wind. She’s also deaf. But Youmna is not Nour’s mother, even though she wishes she was.
Youmna’s journey begins without warning. The men come to drive Nour to a new life faraway, in a better place for girls like her. All she can take with her is a little box and the memory of Youmna’s loving hands.
Going Through is a poetic and touching story of one girl’s journey through adolescence, across borders and through a well-guarded secret. This bilingual production seamlessly mixes English and British Sign Language and is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands).
An unusual coming-of-age tale and a feminist piece about self-expression
Intricately woven and affectingly performed story about the pain of forced relocation and separation
The stage starts to feel like a living entity, communicating telepathically with the audience, while Nadarajah’s performance is always engagingly expressive
A thoughtful and tender look at separation anxiety
This gently uplifting play about child migration – performed in English and beautifully signed – delights in language