Sophie Fletcher, Ben Lewis and Kieran Fay in Aruba
Aruba follows Nikki, Mark and Darren as they dream of finding some place to rest in a city that is growing more and more alien to them.
Created with People Can Run theatre company (Ben Lewis, Sophie Fletcher and Kieran Fay), Aruba was first produced for the Edinburgh Festival 2005. The show has gone on to tour the UK, Ireland and was performed at the Ohio Theatre, New York. Costume designed by Suncana Dulic with sound by Dave Carey and lighting designed by Elena Pena.
"Aruba is an idyllic Carribean island where the sun always shines and the water's crystal clear. So it's fitting that the show is a glimpse of flawless wonder." ***** The List
"In its low-key but tart way, "Aruba" shines as the type of show Off Broadway was made for. [...] It just, entertainingly but assuredly, whisks you away." Variety, New York
"Aruba is packed with well-observed comic moments and flashes of brilliance – modern life is rarely this entertaining." **** The Metro
"the script has a kind of fuzzy dream logic; the characters undergo trauma and breakdown, and gravitate towards the tropical island of Aruba." **** The Scotsman
Nikki: So, what happens now?
Interviewer: You’ve finished the survey.
Nikki: What do you use it for?
Interviewer: I just hand it in to be processed.
Nikki: will anything be sent to me?
Interviewer: It’ll be turned into a consumer profile.
Interviewer: and that’ll be used to find out who you are, what you most want.
Nikki: What’s that then?
Nikki: What I most want.
Interviewer: Well, I’m afraid yours won’t be used.
Interviewer: Well, basically, it’s useless to us. Your answers, if they were to be processed. There wouldn’t be anything. You’d be a sort of blank.
Interviewer: You’d just be a sort of nothing.
Nikki: I see.
Interviewer: A kind of empty space. Like a vacuum.
Interviewer: Basically, the last five minutes are like a gap in my memory. It’s like they didn’t happen. So, I’m just going to throw it away.
Interviewer: I’m really sorry. I can hardly hear you.
Interviewer: Nope. Sorry. Are you still there?
Interviewer: (he goes off in search of another person) Excuse me. Hi. It’s really boring, but would you be able to answer a few questions?