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.
"Ayckbourn sets up the situation beautifully, with a barking major rehearsing all the participants in a plan to ensnare a terrorist as he steps off a train at King's Cross." The Guardian, Read more
"...the denouement and the pathway to it are amply rewarding." - The Stage, Read more
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- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Casting6m, 5f, 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)
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.