From humble roots grows an almighty tree; this is true in every sense of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Planting the seed as a small scale production in Halifax, Canada, Hannah Moscovitch (writer), Christian Barry (director) and Ben Caplan (songsmith & narrator) have nurtured their creation into the mighty red maple it is today, touring the world with Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story and receiving universal acclaim on every leg of their journey. The story follows Chaim and Chaya who immigrate from a life of oppression in Romania to Canada in 1908, covering such themes as sex, religion, tragedy and triumph.
Talking about how Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story came to be, Barry remembers: ‘There were lots of things in the headlines about refugees and about people coming to Canada’. Moscovitch, meanwhile, explains how they came about this story, saying: ‘I didn’t know my family had come through pier 21 [former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed], and I thought to myself what it must have felt like for them to stand on safe ground. [Ben] had an epiphany moment in the shower, he said “Oh, [the story’s] about your great great grandparents”.’
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a true story which bends the boundaries of time – don’t suppose for a moment that it starts when the curtains go up and ends when they come down again each night. In truth, this story started in 1908 when Chaim and Chaya tumbled out of a shipping container in Canada. It continues still, as down their line of descendants, Moscovitch brings her great great parents and their story back to life.
As relevant a story today as it was back in 1908, don’t miss the opportunity to watch this gig-meets-live-theatre experience from 2b theatre company.
Watch a video from the creative team here
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18 – 28 September 2019
Wilton’s Music Hall, the oldest grand music hall in the world
Tickets range from £10 – £27 and can be purchased on wiltons.org.uk