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OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story is a humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert.

This Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees immigrating to Canada in 1908.

It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. And it’s about looking into the eyes of God.

Award-winning OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story thrilled audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and is touring the UK following a hugely successful run in New York and across Canada.

“A noisy treasure…Rarely loses its sense of madcap urgency” New York Times

“Darkly funny and moving… Its hard to imagine a more apt time for a production with so clear a moral centre” The New Yorker


The following information is for teachers and home educators. If you are not a teacher or home educator you can book tickets for this show by clicking on the ‘Dates & Times’ tab above.

Our Creative Learning Team says
Although a tale of immigration to Canada in the early twentieth century, viewed through the historical lens of Jewish immigrants a hundred years ago, Old Stock has also been created as a poignant reflection of this very current crisis in our world today.

This performance will be of particular interest to teachers and students of Theatre, Music, Performing Arts, Politics, English, RE and Media, studying at secondary, tertiary and graduate level. The processes, form and styles used in the creation and performance of Old Stock make this an ideal production to explore alongside a number of key syllabus including:

  • KS4 & KS5 English
  • KS4 Citizenship programmes of study
  • AQA GCSE & A Level Drama & Theatre
  • BTECH Performing Arts; Music & Music Theatre

The themes and inspiration for the production provide additional stimulus for discussion & research for those studying or interested in:

  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Music History
  • Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
  • Government & Politics
  • Sociology
  • Media Studies
  • Citizenship and Wellbeing

£8, plus every 16th ticket FREE for teacher

Age Guidance:
Please note that the production does include some swearing plus language describing violent acts and that of a sexual nature. For these reasons we suggest that the production is most appropriate for audiences aged 14 years+.

Running Time:
85 minutes with no interval

Booking information:
To find out more or to book, call our dedicated schools booking contact Amanda in the Box Office on 024 7615 0930 or email

Talkback Q&A: Tue 9 Oct 2018
A Q&A session which aims to create a friendly space for audiences to meet with members of the company, share feedback as well as offering a platform for wider discussion around the social, political and humanitarian themes explored in the show.

There are a very limited number of company-led workshops available, on a first come first served basis. There are two workshop options to choose from:

  • Rhythms in Every Day [maximum capacity 30 participants]
    Led by cast member Jamie Kronick
    This workshop will demonstrate how simple, common rhythms in everyday life can be manipulated into complex and imaginative sounds. Suitable for: Participants with a keen interest in music and performing, particularly in percussion and composition. This can include music and theatre students KS3 and above


  • ITM Alexander Technique [maximum capacity 10 participants]
    Led by cast member Mary Fay Coady
    This Introductory Workshop in the ITM Alexander Technique offers students the opportunity to investigate the way they think and the way they move in relation to their work as a performer.
    Suitable for: Students of age Key Stage 4 or above, studying drama and performing arts

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