Castaways explores the nature of friendship, trauma and tribal loyalties in a neighbourhood where the blue touch paper is waiting to be lit…

Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.

Inseparable since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, they’re a close-knit trio, both at school and at home. Sam, Asha and Kieran watch out for each other, until one day a shocking event blows their teenage world apart – and their friendship with it.

Creative Youth Network is delighted to bring to Bristol this challenging new play which has been developed through creative workshops with young people, exploring their sense of connectedness - or otherwise - with the communities they've grown up in. 

Written by award-winning playwright Atiha Sen Gupta, Castaways is the second part of Mandala’s trilogy Place, Identity and Belonging - all three commissioned plays which have social justice as their heart.

Mandala Theatre Company is a diversity-led company creating exciting new theatre, which gives a dramatic voice to young people whose stories are not normally heard. 

There will be a chance to talk about the issues raised in the play at a post-show discussion.


An intense, well-paced production that enables the voices of the urban young to be heard
Thought-provoking theatre for young people to get their teeth into
An unforgettable and life-changing production.
Emotional and funny, fast-paced and tragic.

Event details

11th October, 7-9pm - followed by a post-show discussion

Pay what you can: £1 - £15 

The Station Silver Street, BS1 2AG

Ages: 13+

This performance contains strong language and contains scenes of violence.

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The venue is wheelchair accessible and there are no restrictions on the number of wheelchairs permitted. Carers get complimentary tickets. If you have any other questions regarding accessibility, get in touch on 0117 947 7948. 


Tickets start at £1 and can be booked below. We set our ticket prices as 'Pay as we can' because we want our performances to be accessible to everyone. If you can't afford the minimum ticket price but would like to come, get in touch with us at [email protected], 0117 947 7948 or by coming to The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG. 

You don't need a PayPal account to pay for your ticket, although the transaction is processed through PayPal. Check out as a guest and pay on your card as normal. You don't need to pick up a ticket for this performance. You will receive a confirmation e-mail and we will have your name on the door.

Ticket types:

£1 - Pay what you can 

£5 - Concessions: under 18s, students, senior citizens (over 60), registered disabled 

£10 - Full price 

£15 - Supporters' Price: This ticket price includes one full price ticket and a £5 donation towards future performances produced by Creative Youth Network

£20 - Pay It Forward Price: This ticket price includes one full price ticket, and a contribution of £10 to allow us to offer free tickets to audiences who might otherwise not be able to be there.

For group bookings, please get in touch at [email protected] or 0117 947 7948. 

Booking for this event has now closed.