The Immigrant Fri 18th Oct

The Immigrant

Friday 18th October 7.30pm

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCard Holders £11

“Beautifully timed buffoonery...skills honed to perfection”-The Oxford Times.

A first at Louth Riverhead Theatre, on Friday 18th October, we have a performance which has been especially aimed at deaf and non English speaking audiences.

Called The Immigrant, it is a hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy, based on a Charlie Chaplin silent film about moving to another country where you know no one and can’t speak the language.

Professional clown, Chris Michael, has taken one of Charlie Chaplin’s famous short films and updated it for 21st century audiences. 102 years after “The Immigrant” film was first released, the stage version will be touring theatres all over England.

Whether it is Charlie Chaplin, Mr Bean, or Pixar’s Wall-E, the universal language of silent comedy can be enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Using silent comedy to tell the story of someone arriving in an unfamiliar country couldn’t be more fitting.


With the entire show done without words it is fully accessible for deaf, hard of hearing people, and non-English speakers. This is almost unique in modern theatre.

Chris Michael, the show’s creator says, “Chaplin is still the master of on-screen clowning - mixing incredible physical skill with virtuoso story telling. Having the chance to recreate his routines from a hundred years ago is inspiring - and using them to tell a story about such a contemporary topic is very exciting.”

We based the show on dozens of accounts of what it is like to start a life in a strange country. Comedy is a great way to break down barriers and it is hoped that this production will inspire conversations about the issues around immigration.

“For deaf and EAL learners, it is a rare chance to see theatre which is fully accessible for them where they can enjoy a show in exactly the same way as hearing, English speakers. In May last year, we took the show to a deaf school where one of the children had come from a country where they had never been taught any sign language. To have them be able to experience a show in the same way as their peers for the first time was incredibly rewarding.”

Chris Michael has worked as a professional visual comedian all over the UK for nineteen years performing over 4000 shows! He has worked in theatre, circus, cabaret, festivals and in schools. In 2000 he was the first clown to perform with the renowned Gifford’s Circus. In 2012 he released a series of short films called “The Silly Seasons” which have been shown in film festivals all over the world.

Tickets for The Immigrant can be purchased by calling Box Office on 01507 600350 between 10am-1pm Monday - Saturday or online at

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