Bijan Sheibani's

The Arrival

Bijan Sheibani

Philippe Bosher

The Carne Studio Theatre

Friday 15 October at 7:45pm
Saturday 16 October at 2:15pm
Monday 18 October at 7:45pm
Tuesday 19 October at 2:15pm

About the show

“I’ve spent so much of my life wondering… passing people on the street… and now, yeah… you’re here.” 

Tom and Samad are brothers. The elder, Tom, was adopted at birth. Samad was not. 

Decades later, when they meet for the first time, their lives finally entangle – but can they ever really belong in each other’s life?

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Bijan Sheibani is a writer and director of theatre and film.

His debut play The Arrival was at the Bush Theatre in 2019.

Bijan recently wrote and directed Morning Song, a short film for Film4.

Recent theatre and opera credits include Dance Nation by Clare Barron for the Almeida, The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney for the Young Vic, Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams for the National Theatre, Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker for Home in Manchester.

Barber Shop Chronicles has toured extensively around the world, from Roundhouse in Camden the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Bijan was an associate director at the National Theatre for five years, where his credits include Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek (Olivier nomination for Best Director), The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker, Emil and the Detectives by Carl Miller after Erich Kastner’s children’s book, and A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney. He was artistic director of Actors Touring Company from 2007-2010 and won the James Menzies Kitchen Award for Young Directors in 2003.

Philippe Bosher is an actor trainer and director of theatre and film. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's Actor Training and Coaching MA, he teaches and directs at LAMDA as the Lead Practitioner of Acting. He also founded an accessible training course for young actors under the name 'Drama Lab'. 

Contains scenes of a distressing nature, mentions of suicide, mentions of drug abuse and alcoholism, themes of grief and strong language.

Creative Team

Philippe Bosher

Cory Shipp

Movement Director
Rakhee Sharma 

Fight Director
Joseph Reed

Lighting Designer
Callum Watson

Sound Designer
Fintan Beirne

Voice Coach
Gurkiran Kaur 


Rithvik Andugula

Dhruv Ravi

Production Team

Production Manager
Emily Compton

Stage Manager
Sophia Markou

Deputy Stage Manager
Alyssia Jones

Chief LX
Sam Tate

Dep. Chief LX/Programmer
Daisy Simmons

Production Carpenter
Claudia Penna Rojas

Production Sound Engineer
Michael Fleming

Costume Supervisor
Olivia Weltz