The Crossing

    You don’t have to be an ethnic minority who has struggled to arrive in Europe to feel a tightening in your chest when you watch the first scene of this play.


    Crossing means a host of different things to different people, but most likely you’ll associate it with getting from one place to another. For some it is a simple thing to do, for others as depicted in Esther O’Toole’s touching and humorous play, The Crossing, which is creatively interpreted by Tangle Productions, it isn’t.


    Weaving seamlessly between humour, melancholy, excitement, abject fear and thrill, The Crossing’s three protagonists played by, Kwaku Boateng, Michael Kofi and Michael Offei offer up a typical explanation for why Ghanaians and Africans in general make a leap of faith and head for what they anticipate to be an easier life.


    Using digital media that is ever present in modern productions means that Tangle are able to make swift and effective scene changes. A projector throws out images of a mapped and arduous journey from Accra to Algeria and Tunisia, then back and forth across northern Africa. This projector keeps you up to date on the progress of the travellers and it heightens your awareness of the character’s dangerous detours into each city, in a bid to get closer to Europe.

    What is unclear, however, is the amount of time it takes to get to each location – months or years?


    Each character lifts you up from your seat in the intimate 503 theatre located in Battersea and takes you on their personal journey. Don’t be surprised if you’re falling about laughing as young ‘Monday’ sings and raps, but equally be prepared to shift around in anxiety and suspense as you wonder whether the unlikely trio will ever make The Crossing.


    Here’s a little more about TangleProductions


    Tangle pioneers ground breaking engagement and training projects across the south west, marrying the country’s urban hothouse with one of its most rurally remote regions. We find ways to integrate artists from different cultures and make the country more culturally and economically powerful. The company’s pioneering research project #EVERYTHINGMATTERS explores rural attitudes to African and Caribbean theatre work and it leads TangleShare, the region’s first home-grown multi-cultural education project.




    Venue: Theatre503

    Dates: Tuesday 17th April – Saturday 21st April 2012

    Time: 7.45pm

    Tickets: £10, £8

    Address: Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BW

    Box Office: 020 7978 7040


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