How Not To Drown

by  Nicola McCartney, Dritan Kastrati

Full Length Play, Drama

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I don’t know why my Dad let me go... 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.

Hilarious, painful and uplifting, How Not to Drown shares a story of endurance for a little kid who wasn’t safe or welcome anywhere in the world.

Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin (Chalk FarmThe Static) returns to the stage with an action packed, highly visual production.

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  • Winner! 2019 Fringe First Award 


“It takes us through the journey itself, and then, perhaps most tragically, through Dritan’s sometimes shocking experience at the hands of the British “care” system.” – The Times   

“...shocking in its straightforward account both of the dangers of the journey and the consequences of landing in the UK as an unaccompanied minor and finding yourself submerged in the care system.” – The Times 

“...its power springs from its absolute authenticity.”


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  • Ensemble cast


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