Park Theatre
Wed 27 Sep 2023
7:45 pm
Sorry We Didn’t Die at Sea image

It’s the near future and Europe has failed. A domino effect of nationalist, isolationist policies has left the continent’s economies on the brink of collapse, and the very individuals who wanted to close its borders to immigrants are forced to flee across the seas.  
In a claustrophobic shipping container, three unnamed travellers place their lives at the mercy of a mysterious people-smuggler. Forced to exist on the brink between civility and chaos, they pray that they will reach their destination. And yet there are natural – and human – forces at work which are far beyond their control.
This darkly comic, absurdist, and political piece offers us a story of migration where the roles are reversed – asking us how well we would fare if we were forced to make a perilous journey across the sea, and what lengths we would go to in order to survive.
Playwright Emanuele Aldrovandi is one of Italy’s foremost theatre-makers. His work has been performed across Europe and the United States. This production transfers from the Seven Dials Playhouse, where it was first performed to British audiences in July 2022.