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Feb 19th, 2019
As the events of 9/11 united us all in heartbreak and fear, so too does Come From Away, scraping away layers of that unforgettable day and showing us the little-known story of Gander, a small town in Newfoundland. Beholden to 7,000 travellers displaced by the closing of US airspace, David Hein and Irene Sankoff's incredible musical tells the true tale of unity and human spirit that unfolded as 'the plane people' met the people of Gander and were enfolded in their warmth and generosity. An ensemble piece, 12 actors lay out the events to a folk-infused score that journeys through love, grief, shock and terror before ultimately drawing together all these threads of emotion to create a memorial to one of the darkest days of the early 21st century. Celebrating the hope rather than horror, we're all reminded that despite our differences, be they cultural, religious or a mass of any other, kindness and understanding has the power to unite us all.
For each person, a musical can take them to a different place and leave them with their own personal message. But there's no doubt in my mind that everyone who sees Come From Away will leave with the same outlook, a positive one. Though the story tells of the tragic events which happened on the 11th September 2001, it isn't all heartbreak and darkness. Instead, Come From Away shines a light on the people of Gander, and how their selfless acts of kindness helped the 7,000 stranded passengers.
From the first beat of the drum to the last, you're in for a rollercoaster of emotions and I think it's more to do with the fact that, as humans, we are all in some way connected to this story. 9/11 changed the world for all of us, but for me, this day will no longer be remembered only for the dreadful events which occurred, but I will now also remember it as being the day Gander showed the world what being human means.
Telling the story of what happened to 7,000 stranded passengers after the events of 9/11, Come From Away could have wallowed in the tragedy, instead what is performed in front of you is a joyful and uplifting musical that proves that there is still good in the world. From the music to the energetic performances Come From Away invites you in, makes you an honorary Newfoundler, and sends you on your way with a skip in your step and a smile on your face.
View our show pages for more information about Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre.
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