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6 July–6 August 2016

Metal Rabbit Productions


by Tess Berry-Hart

Directed by David Mercatali

“Goods get damaged all the time. Wouldn’t want to spoil the cargo, now, would we?”

This timely world premiere is a tense and provocative thriller that reveals how much people are willing to risk in search of a better life.

In the dark of a container ship, a group sits huddled. Waves lap against the walls. The metal creaks softly. Then, all of a sudden, somebody whispers… For the cargo on this vessel, home is a long-distant memory – and a new land still many miles away. Will they survive the perilous journey to find a better future? Or could the greatest threat to their safety be locked amongst them?

Cargo is the enthralling new play from author and playwright Tess Berry-Hart (Someone to Blame, Sochi 2014). Directed by Evening Standard Award nominee David Mercatali (Little Light, Radiant Vermin, Johnny Got His Gun).

Post-show events

Wednesday 13 July – post-show Q&A with the cast, designer Max Dorey and director David Mercatali.

Wednesday 20 July – post-show Q&A with Calais Action, Help Refugees and writer Tess Berry-Hart.

Wednesday 27 July – post-show Q&A with the Refugee Support Network and Migrant Support Network.

Experiencing Cargo includes prolonged periods of darkness, and seating on wooden crates. We recommend wearing long skirts or trousers if possible.

★★★★★ A play for our times
—Broadway World
★★★★★ Expertly crafted
—London Theatre1
★★★★★ One of the most memorable new plays of the year
—The Theatre Tourist
★★★★★ Timely and welcome. Compelling political theatre
—Live Theatre
★★★★★ I can't recommend it enough
—London City Nights
★★★★ One of the most relevant and important plays of the moment
—Mind The Blog
★★★★ It's hard to think of a play more timely and impassioned
—Theatre Bubble
★★★★ Cargo could hardly be more relevant'
—The Upcoming
Directed with typical tautness by David Mercatali
—The Stage
  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet

  • Photography by Mark Douet


Debbie Korley
Jack Gouldbourne
John Schwab
Milly Thomas


Tess Berry-Hart


David Mercatali


Max Dorey

Lighting Designer

Christopher Nairne

Sound Designer

Max Pappenheim

Costume Designer

Max Dorey
Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances (6-7 July) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

This production is generously supported by Arts Council England, Unity Theatre Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Nightly at 8pm. Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. No performances Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: Latecomers cannot be admitted for this performance.

@metalrabbitprod #Cargo

Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Scenes of a sexual nature
Loud noises

Suitable for 12+

Press enquiries: Katy (Chloe Nelkin) —

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020 7503 1646

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