To Racheal and her little brother, Billy, Disneyland is a place of dreams, but it is also a world away from where they are right now: Stockport, 1988, stuck in a car at midnight because their drunk father has locked the door to the flat. As they squabble in the back seat, their mother is at her wit's end and on the verge of leaving. For good.
Simon Stephens' Port spans a thirteen-year period in which two abandoned kids are left to grow up and fend for themselves in the deprived suburbs of Manchester. To them it feels like the most exciting city in the world, but when you spend your days lurking in the shadows, you're sure to face darkness. Still, Racheal looks towards the future in the hopes to find love, and perhaps a better life.
The play is a celebration of the human spirit, and is being performed at The National Theatre until the 24th March. Matinees are at 2.15pm on Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, and evening performances are Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm. You can book tickets £12-£34. The show contains strong language so is not suitable for under 15s.
As a bonus, on the 7th February, you will be able to buy £4 tickets to a forty-five minute discussion about the play. It will be given by the director, Marianne Elliott, playwright, Simon Stephens, and Rachel Cooke.