Paradise Road by James Stone


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Something has happened.
Helen Hutchinson is helping the police with their enquiries.
Detective Inspector Simpson asks her to go back to the day the Sarafians arrived. Back to when… 
Helen and her husband, Richard, open their London home to asylum seekers from Iraq.
Vartan and Sabelle Sarafian are a surprise. Originally from Mosul, well educated and speaking excellent English – they are not at all what Helen and Richard were expecting.
As their story unfolds and the two couples become friends, Helen begins to suspect the Sarafians are not quite what they appear to be.
But then, who is?

Paradise Road is James Stone’s first completely original long-form play. It began life as “Same Difference” and the first scene was featured in Bites & Scratches at The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, in July 2016. (Bites and Scratches is a regular new writing event staged by Fine Mess Theatre Company).

The script was completed in December 2016 and will premier in a professional production by Tales Retold, in April 2018, at Sheffield Library Theatre. See blog for more details.