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***Extended to 21 February 2021***

For the first time in 30 years we will produce our award-winning theatre project not live, but on the radio and it will be streamed straight to the classrooms of Welsh schools.

Available in Welsh and English, the play comes with a wealth of lesson plans and resources linked to the new curriculum, perfect for year 5 upwards to create a whole term’s project about an important part of Welsh history, The Arandora Star.

There will also be opportunities for Q&As with the cast and virtual workshops with our project partners Swansea Museum and The National Waterfront Museum.

This year sees the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Arandora Star. The poignant play tells the story of one Welsh Italian family who see their family torn apart by prejudice during the Second World War.  

Both Welsh and English language performances of the Arandora Star will be recorded and available to schools from 21 September to 30 November. Details to access this will be sent in early September.

Our interactive app is available now for you to start your planning for the autumn term.
Created by teachers, the cross-curriculum lesson plans and resources focus on literacy and numeracy as well as the themes of the show; Global citizenships, WW11, immigration and language.

We understand how difficult it is for schools financially, especially at the moment, so we won’t be charging schools to access the radio play or app for this production but we welcome donations to help us to continue our work.

All we ask in return is for you to let us know how many children listen to the radio play and your feedback so we can report to our funders.

The Arandora Star
By Geinor Styles by Mali Tudno Jones

In partnership with Swansea Museum, National Waterfront Museum and Technocamps

Lina dreams of singing at La Scala. 
Then Italy enters the war in the summer of 1940, Italian families, living in Wales, are torn apart as men taken from their homes are branded, enemy aliens. 

Lina watches in horror as her father dragged from their little cafe in Swansea and imprisoned. 
Forced out of their home, by people they knew as friends, Lina and her mother face an uncertain and lonely future.

Then news arrives that on the 2nd of July 1940 mistaken for a troopship, The Arandora Star it's torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland and sinks with 446 Italian men's lives lost. 

There is no news of Lina's father, whether he survived or drowned. 
In her new home, far away from Swansea, Lina clings to the dream of her family's reunion one day.

Our play tells the emotional story of Lina as she struggles with the loss of her father, Guido. How, she and her mother, Carmela survive in a time of war and prejudice.
The Arandora Star is a true story and will explore the life of Italians living and working in Wales during World War 2 and follows Lina's quest for her father and the truth. 

This play highlights the issues of immigration and integration. 

Perfect for Year 5 upwards

Please complete the sign up form to receive log in details for the app and a link to the show (show available September to November 2020)


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