"STUNNING, FLUID, BEAUTIFUL"
A ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production, co-produced with Tron Theatre and Lawrence Batley Theatre
Award-winning ThickSkin returns to the stage with an action packed, highly visual production telling the painful yet uplifting true story of an eleven year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker.
“I don’t know why my Dad let me go,
especially when he knew how dangerous, how hard it was..
I was too young, too weak to make this journey. I wouldn’t have sent me…
He wouldn’t have sent me unless there was a reason.”
In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British Care system.
How Not to Drown shares a story of endurance for a little kid who wasn’t safe or welcome anywhere in the world.
"ITS POWER SPRINGS FROM ITS
"URGENT, FAST-PACED, SEEMINGLY NEVER PAUSING FOR BREATH."
The Arts Desk
"FLUENTLY TOLD AND SHOCKING IN ITS STRAIGHTFORWARD ACCOUNT"
The Sunday Times
"THE STAGING IS AS TURBULENT AND AS KNIFE-EDGE AS KASTRATI'S LIFE ITSELF"
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"A HEROIC EVOCATION OF HUMAN TRIUMPH"
"A TRIUMPH FROM BEGINNING TO END... TRULY SOMETHING NOT TO BE MISSED"
"BRILLIANTLY TOLD BY A CAST OF JUST FIVE ACTORS...
"WILL LEAVE YOU THINKING ABOUT YOUR OWN FAMILY, AND HOW LUCKY YOU ARE TO HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME"
The Wee Review
*** WINNER ***
SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD
*** WINNER ***
HERALD ANGEL AWARD
Nicola McCartney & Dritan Kastrati
Director & Co-Choreographer
Composer & Sound Designer
Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Carla Marina Almeida
A ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production, co-produced with Tron Theatre and Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Supported by November Productions and Citizens Theatre. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.
Part of Made in Scotland 2019.
Developed with support from Creative Scotland, Tron Theatre and University of Edinburgh.
Image photography by Helen Maybanks
Image Design by Matt Hodges