DTP moves in a new direction

Posted: April 27, 2018

DTP moves in a new direction with a tour of acclaimed production Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from Canadian company 2b theatre company.

 DTP is a network of theatres that works together to bring exciting and engaging performances to audiences around the UK.

While many of the 20 shows they have previously toured might have been classed as dance, they have all had a strong sense of theatricality and storytelling. In autumn 2018, DTP will take a step up to widen its reach by touring 2b theatre company’s music theatre production, OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story which has wowed critics and audiences in their native Canada, in Edinburgh and is currently in the middle of a successful Off-Broadway run in New York, where it also picked up a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

On this development, Clare Clarkson, Chair of DTP and Deputy Director at Cast in Doncaster said: “Sometimes you see a show and you just have to present it. OLD STOCK is one of those shows you see and you know audiences will be entertained and moved by it. It’s a love story told through theatre and fantastic Klezmer music. DTP has toured bold, accessible and ambitious work across the UK for a number of years, our expertise in regional touring and the trust our partners have in DTP and this production will allow us to bring this exciting and award-winning company to more theatres and audiences this autumn.”

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

Written by acclaimed Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, and winner of the Herald Angel Award and Scotsman Fringe First, 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, Edmonton in Canada and a limited run at Mayfest in Bristol.

Based in Halifax, Canada, internationally-acclaimed 2b theatre company’s director Christian Barry worked with Hannah Moscovitch and Ben Caplan to create a show inspired by the real-life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, immigrating to Canada in the early twentieth century, viewed through the historical lens of Jewish immigrants a hundred years ago.

But primarily, this is a love story, albeit one with its fair share of loss.

Find out more about the show and book tickets here.