In partnership with Sinfonia Viva and Derbyshire Virtual School, Destinies, is a co-created theatre and music       

               performance piece with young unaccompanied asylum seekers, and looked after young people.


This project is currently being developed online with young people. New Performance dates will be announced soon. 

Directed and Produced by Ava Hunt Theatre:

Ava Hunt Frances Watt

Writer/Dramaturgy Lin Coghlan

Music Composition/Musical Director Raph Clarckson

Photographs by Chris Webb

Filming by Rich Swainson, Roger Knott-Fayle

Funded by ACE


by Craig Christie

The true story of Saad Alkassab, a young Syrian refugee: a journey of destiny for all.

Told by a professional cast with young people:

songs, music and verbatim material.

"A bit disappointed it had finished so soon... it was really fun."

year 6 pupil

"I understand that they want to be safe, even though they didn't wanna go, but they had to."

year 6 pupil

"Journeys of Destiny" came as a result of two years of international research and new creative collaborations with schools, DRAC (Derby Refugee Advice Centre) and Derbyshire County Council Virtual School.   This production toured to schools and theatres throughout June as part of National Refugee Week 2019.


"Our children were blown away by the whole day!" 

(Headteacher, Great Hucklow Primary School Derbyshire)

"A very powerful, spiritual experience for children and staff"

(Headteacher, Dove Holes, Derbyshire)








Writer & Composer : Craig Christie

Director & Producer:  Ava Hunt

Producer: Frances Watt

Cast: Louis Gaudencio (Saad), Yildiz Hussein (Amal), Karim Hayada (Omar)

Workshop Leaders: Sarah Bradnock, Becky Matter, Suki Sudheep, Michael Johnston, Frances Watt,

Lighting & Sound Design: Andy Purves

Set, Costume, Props Design: Ica Neimz

Movement Director: Kitty Winter

Voice Coach: Marianne Samuels

Company Manager: Moby Renshaw

Photographs : Chris Webb


of young people felt differently about their own transition to secondary school as a result of being involved in the

'Journeys of Destiny'



A Story To Tell offered audiences verbatim and autobiographical accounts of refugees escaping from war and the stories of the people who responded - to take a stand to make a difference.  

Commissioned by Amnesty International Wirksworth the piece was a rehearsed play reading at Wirksworth Festival in 2016 then reworked and performed as part of National Refugee Week June 2017 and raised funds for Derby Refugee Advice Centre with Derby Theatre.



     In 2016/17 after a period of six

     months research (part funded by

     British Council) Ava worked with

     artists in Australia, India and the

     Jungle, in Calais creating a new

     piece of work about child refugees

     for young audiences.


As part of testing the verbatim material researched in Melbourne Derby Theatre's Youth Theatre worked with Ava workshopping Saad AlKassab's story.  This verbatim material will inform the development of Journeys of Destiny.  Young people commented that:

"It would help young people understand what is happening in the world"


Past Productions


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