When Tom meets Samad it’s like he’s coming face to face with himself. They have the same gestures, the same instincts…even the same handwriting. It’s as if a lifetime of questions can now be answered, as if all that that was missing is now found.
But as they get closer, and their lives become more entangled, the insurmountable truth of their past threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground.
The Arrival is a taut family drama about missed connections and those ties that bind too tightly. About the pain of finding – and losing – something you never had. A debut play by Olivier Award-winning theatre director Bijan Sheibani (The Brothers Size, Barber Shop Chronicles, Dance Nation).
Sheibani’s pacing is perfect, almost methodical
Fraternal reunion pits nature against nurture
Bijan Sheibani's stylish, if sedate, production of his own play about brothers reunited
Every plot point is neatly unveiled with assured timing and precision, culminating in a gripping, harrowing exploration of family
Great stuff excellently performed
Bijan Sheibani’s astonishing, tender debut play contains some mind-blowing movement sequences and two terrific, finely attuned performances
An achingly bittersweet play about two brothers. Stylishly directed enlivened by killer sound and intensive aerobic movement
This is emotional and important work, and a story that is told with such a beautiful depth and clarity in its intention
This promising debut is a short, sharp shock
Sheibani’s debut is a bracing and heart rending story and about the loyalties owed to our blood