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Arrivals and Departures - Full Length Play

Arrivals and Departures

Alan Ayckbourn

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Full Length Play

7m, 4f, 2girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573113574

A poignant, timely comedy of two strangers meeting in the midst of an increasingly farcical anti-terrorist operation.

Please note: this title is currently available as a pre-publication manuscript only, which is an A4 spiral-bound format. 

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Full Length Play

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

A terrorist code-named Cerestes is on the loose, and the police have planned a sting to capture him as he steps off a train at a London station. 

The operation, led by the buffoonish Major Quentin, has drawn in two civilians - Ez and Barry. Perfect strangers as the play begins, their time waiting for the trap to be set gives them the chance to get to know each other, and try to make sense of the chaos unfolding around them.

Alan Ayckbourn's 77th play shows he has lost none of his theatrical inventiveness.



7m, 4f, 2girl(s)

Ez (Esmé) Swain A soldier, 23

Barry A traffic warden, 50s

Captain Quentin Sexton O/C SSDO, late 40s

Shane Hughes (SSDO) Caz Walters (SSDO)

Don Simkins (SSDO) Ro Merrivale (SSDO)

David Scullion (SSDO) Rita Gilroy (SSDO)

Greta Teasdale (SSDO)

Tommy Wisby (SSDO)

The Suspect


Nadine Swain Ez's mother, 27 - 37

Esmé Swain (10 - 12)

Esmé Swain (15 - 28)

Freddie Swain Her father, 28

Sherwin Cooper Nadine's boyfriend, 32 - 35

Rob Stagmore Esmé's boyfriend, 23 - 24

Charles Stagmore Rob's father, 60s

Hilary Stagmore Rob's mother, 60s

An Army Chaplin

Young Barry (27 - 43)

Debs (Debra) (nee Fox) His wife, 20 - 35

Young Daisy His daughter, 7

Daisy Hawkins (14)

Daisy Hawkins (26)

Jess Fox His father-in-law, 55

Pauline Fox His mother-in-law, 50 -65

Clive Ward His childhood friend, 30

Lily Gill Fox's accountant, 20 - 41

Norman Scullion An auditor, 50s

Note: Arrivals & Departures was originally written for an adult cast of 11 actors plus two non-speaking girls. It can be performed with a larger cast and less doubling of roles.

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves ... view full profile

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