Arrivals and Departures

Event Details

  • From: 10/05/2024
  • To: 18/05/2024
  • Starting at: 07:45 PM
  • Ending at: 07:45 PM

  • Matinee: 11/05/2024
  • Starting at: 02:30 PM
  • Ending at: 02:30 PM


  • Main Auditorium
  • North Street, Bromley, BR1 1SB

Arrivals and Departures

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Paul Ackroyd

An amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd

At a London rail terminus an elaborate trap is being deployed in an attempt to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist, codenamed Cerastes. Major Sexton and his hand-picked Security Unit are poised to detain him although not giving the impression of being terribly able.

They are being assisted by an eye witness, Barry, a traffic warden from Yorkshire and his protection officer. Esme a 27-year-old disgraced Soldier.  As they wait for the train carrying the suspect to arrive, Barry and Esme are told to blend in as part of the clandestine action. In the first Act as they attempt to indulge in small talk, Esme relives her life story through memories in a series of vignettes.  During the second Act, the flashbacks are of Barry’s eventful life. The play ends dramatically when Cerastes arrives.

A 2013 play which received critical acclaim, but which has been relatively little performed.  Michael Billington listed as one of his top 10 plays of the year.

“His new masterpiece: ambitious, inventive, mischievously funny but emotionally serious with a shocking, ironic and redemptive final twist(The Times August 2013)