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Castaways is currently touring the UK. Catch up with it at one of the following venues.

Castaways, Yasmin Ahsanullah. Pic David Fisher copyright Mandala Theatre Company

Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.

Inseparable since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, they’re a close-knit trio, both at school and at home. Sam, Asha and Kieran watch out for each other, until one day a shocking event blows their teenage world apart – and their friendship with it.

Castaways explores the nature of friendship, trauma and tribal loyalties in a neighbourhood where the blue touch paper is waiting to be lit…

Written by award-winning playwright Atiha Sen Gupta, Castaways is the second part of Mandala’s trilogy Place, Identity and Belonging. This challenging new play has been developed through creative workshops with young people, exploring their sense of connectedness – or otherwise – with the communities they have grown up in.

There will be a chance to talk about the issues raised in the play at a post-show discussion.

Recommended age: 14+

Read how Sen Gupta researched and wrote Castaways here.

Autumn Tour Schedule 2018


Fri 07 September
Witney, Oxon: Asthall Manor. Book tickets.

Tues 11 September
Derby: Wirksworth Festival. Visit website.

Thurs 20 September
Didcot: Cornerstone Theatre. Visit website.

Wed 26 September
Doncaster: CAST. Visit website.

Thurs 11 October
Bristol: CYN, The Station Visit website

Tues 16 October
London: The Albany. Visit website

Thurs 18 October
St. Albans: Trestle Theatre Base. Visit website.

Thurs 25 October
University of Essex: Lakeside Theatre. Visit website.

Thurs 01 November
Canterbury: Gulbenkian Theatre. Visit website.

Previous venues


Tues 01 May
Bedford: The Place2018 Theatre. Visit website

Wed 02 May
Bath: The Egg. Visit website

Thurs 03 May
Luton: The Library Theatre.  Visit website

Thurs 10 May
Stockton-on-Tees: ARC theatre.  Visit website

Fri 11 May
Rossendale, Lancs: The Boo Theatre.  Visit website

Thurs 17 May/Fri 18 May
Coventry: Belgrade Theatre.  Visit website

Fri 25 May
London: GLYPT, Woolwich.  Visit website

Fri 01 June/Sat 02/June
Oxford: Arts at the Old Fire Station.  Visit website