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Come From Away: The story of the generosity of humankind in the wake of tragedy

Come From Away tells the incredible true story of 7,000 air passengers who became stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. A story most of us haven't ever heard, yet should have been at the forefront of news channel!

This compelling story of kindness has been turned into a staggering stage performance, with a powerful score, winning its writers numerous awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

The extraordinary generosity offered to these tired, bewildered and genuinely frightened passengers by the residents of the tiny towns surrounding Gander has been turned into an inspiring and uplifting musical by David Hein and Irene Sankoff. The choreography and the use of simple props creates a seamless flow where each actor plays both the passenger and the Newfoundlander. It was incredible to see.

Everyone's story is told, from the uptight British Oil Exec, to the local policeman from Gander and you feel a real connection with each and every one of them.

The depth of human kindness shown by the people of Newfoundland is soon shaken by the upsetting struggles of the Muslim character Ali to convince everyone he is not a fundamentalist terrorist. It was hard to watch. The characters in the musical are based on, and share the names of real Gander residents and some of the 7,000 stranded travellers they took into their homes, which makes this story feel so meaningful.

Come From Away, is joyous yet melancholy. I have never felt such strong emotions watching a performance, and I'm almost certain I won't again. It was uplifting, even through our tears of sadness and is an honour to the triumph of humanity over hate. A must see for everyone!

Where: The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
When: July - October, 2019
Web: comefromaway.com.au

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