Terra Nova Productions Returns To Ards Arts Centre With Arrivals2

The second part of the Arrivals trilogy by Terra Nova Productions comes to Ards Arts Centre on Friday 27 March 2015.

Arrivals2 boldly picks up where Arrivals left off, when the audience were introduced through five plays to stories of new immigrants to Northern Ireland.

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Arrivals2 is inspired by the stories of their children, people from Northern Ireland who just happen to have a parent who was born somewhere else in the world.

The production will feature five new inter-cultural plays by five Northern Irish writers; James Meredith, Maggie Cronin, Daragh Carville, Deirdre Cartmill and Fionnuala Kennedy.

The score for the production is by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Anthony Toner, joined by Indian improvisational singer Amita Shanbhogue and together they created the music that will be heard between each of the five pieces.

In one night these plays will see the audience experience a haunted house, a budding romance, the challenging first meeting between a long lost brother and sister, a funny and moving murder-ballad of a monologue set on the hills outside Belfast and a drunken Halloween party where God might just be one of the party guests.

Looking forward to the return of Terra Nova productions to Ards Arts Centre is Community Arts Development Officer, Amy McKelvey said: “This piece of theatre has been referred to as ‘tapas theatre’, five servings in one sitting. The work is from some of the finest playwrights in Northern Ireland at the moment and the performances will leave the audience challenged and surprised. You will not need to have seen Arrivals to be moved by the sequel. ”

The production of Arrivals2 will play at Ards Arts Centre on Friday 27 March at 8pm. Tickets are £10 (50% discount for groups of ten or more) and are available on:


or by calling 028 9181 0803.

The show is suitable for audiences aged 14+.


The Five Playwrights

The five writers working on Arrivals2 for the project are:

*  award-winning Armagh playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville; *  poets James Meredith (Belfast) and Deirdre Cartmill (Tyrone) who made such successful contributions to Arrivals last year; *  Award-winning actress Maggie Cronin (born in London, lives in Belfast) who has appeared across our stages and screen, including 2011 Oscar-winning short film The Shore by Terry George and is now turning her hand to playwriting; *  And emerging writer Finn Kennedy (Belfast) whose script Hostel was successfully toured by Kabosh Theatre Company, starring Caroline Curran and Julie McCann.

The Four Actors

Arrivals2 is performed by four professional actors: local NI actress Louise Parker, London-born actress Melissa Dean (whose mother is from Ardoyne and father is from the Caribean), and second English actors Robert Bertrand (whose family is from St Lucia) and Nathanael Campbell (whose family is from Jamaica).

Composer Anthony Toner

For fans of Anthony Toner, the singer-songwriter has created the score to the production. Anthony is playing on the soundtrack heard between the five pieces, and fans will have an opportunity to hear a range of guitar styles including Anthony’s excellent slide playing.

The soundtrack for Arrivals2 builds on Anthony’s experience of Arrivals. On Arrivals2 Anthony will be working with Amita Ravikirana Shanbhogoue.


Andrea Montgomery has directed 40+ professional productions. She has worked in Northern Ireland, across the UK and in France, Canada, Macau, Hong Kong, Iran and Greenland. Andrea is the daughter of Canadian diplomats, was born in Delhi India, and has lived in Bangkok, Geneva, Jakarta, Ottawa, Vancouver, London and Coleraine.

Audiences may be surprised to learn that not only has Andrea Montgomery directed all of Nuala McKeever’s writing, she is the director for Leesa Harker’s Dirty Dancing In Le Shebeen, both the 2014 and 2015 productions. She also directed Leesa’s Christmas play Slimmer for Christmas and will be directing the Scottish production of Shebeen in April of this year.