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Why Watch How Not To Drown?

  • Witness the incredibly moving story of Dritan, an 11-year-old boy who paves his path in an unknown world all alone relying on only his presence of mind and bravery of heart.
  • One lonely soul is put up against all the odds as the world watches him struggle to survive and avoid drowning despite the sea of trouble trying to do the opposite.
  • The multi-award-winning play is written by Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati himself.
  • Book How Not To Drown London tickets to get a close glimpse into a singularly troubled life that is unpredictable, perilous, and painful yet hopeful.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability

Tickets

How Not To Drown London tickets are available now, the tale of endurance and loss plays out at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The play explores the life of an 11-year-old Dritan, a deserted boy seeking asylum in Europe post the Kosovan War. The boy is too young to realize why he has been abandoned by his father and just wishes to go home.

The heart-wrenching tale that takes twists and turns until it transforms into a victory saga is written by Dritan himself, along with Nicola McCartney. Direction and movement come from Neil Bettles, movement from Jonnie Riordan, and composition and sound design from Alexandra Faye Braithwaite. Secure your How Not To Drown London tickets to find out how 11-year-old Dritan Kastrati preserves his sense of self and survives on his own in a foreign land.

The Story

How Not To Drown begins in 2002, after the end of the Kosovan War. It is a painful narrative of one little boy's perseverance. Dritan is sent on an arduous journey across the Adriatic in the hopes of starting a new life in Europe with nothing but his wit as his possession. His only companions are a gang of people smugglers.

The journey is a long one, and it doesn't end with his arrival in the UK. The major challenge becomes maintaining his identity and feeling of self after being thrust into the British care system. When there is so much turmoil, how does this story turn into an uplifting one? Book How Not To Drown London tickets to find out.

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 7:30 PM
  • Thurs & Sat: 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: To be announced.
  • Director: Neil Bettles

  • The production is recommended for individuals above the age of 14.
  • Please keep in mind that theatre does not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

How Not To Drown Tickets

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Booking Period: From 14 Feb 2023 – 18 Feb 2023

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your How Not To Drown voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Charles Dillon, the adoptive son of the actor-manager of the same name, hired architect James George Buckle to construct the theatre in 1884. It was built on Salway Road, on the site of a wheelwright's business, and is the sole piece of Buckle’s art that is still standing. The theatre opened on December 17th, 1884, with a revival of Richelieu by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Popular shows hosted include Hansel and Gretel, Pied Piper, Oliver Twist, Pinocchio, Snow Queen, etc.

Seating Capacity: 460

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Gerry Raffles Square, Theatre Square, London E15 1BN, United Kingdom

Tube: The nearest tube station is Stratford - Jubilee and Central Lines.

Bus: 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8, N8 and N86.

Available Facilities: Bar, Toilets.

Accessibility: Sennheiser tourguide system, Wheelchair access, Assistance Dogs, Captioning, Audio description, Touch tours, Signed and relaxed performances.

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formal are recommended. Keep in mind, that most London theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Outside food is strictly prohibited inside this venue.

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What is the opening date for How Not To Drown play?

How Not To Drown play opens on 14 Feb 2023 at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.

What age is How Not To Drown play appropriate for?

How Not To Drown play is advisable for ages 14 and above. However, it is advisable to check the venue website as well.

Where is How Not To Drown play being performed in London?

How Not To Drown play is being performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London and opens on 14 Feb 2023.

How long does How Not To Drown run for?

The running time of How Not To Drown is 1 hour 25 minutes (no interval).

What is How Not To Drown about?

In his own words, 11-year-old Dritan tells the story of how he navigated an ocean of difficulties while seeking asylum in the UK after the Kosovan War and being abandoned.

Who are the main stars of How Not To Drown?

The main stars of How Not To Drown are yet to be announced.

What is the dress code while attending How Not To Drown?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending How Not To Drown?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending How Not To Drown. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Theatre Royal Stratford East?

Theatre Royal Stratford East has multiple facilities including Sennheiser tourguide system, Wheelchair access, Assistance Dogs and Toilets.

Can I take pictures or videos of How Not To Drown inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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