Live Theatre

Arcola Theatre, July 2016



“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).

★★★★★ "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


Jack Goldbourne, Debbie Korley, John Schwab, Milly Thomas


Written by Tess Berry Hart

Directed by David Mercatali

Assistant Director Max Lindsay

Designed by Max Dorey

Lighting Design by Christopher Nairne

Stage Manager: Hannah Royall

Produced by George Warren & Martha Rose Wilson for Metal Rabbit Productions.