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Tideline Runners: Sam & Isla Forever!

Sam & Isla Forever, the musical that had the whole town talking when it made its world premiere back in 2014. Now, four years later, it makes a welcome return to The Maltings to commemorate the ending of The First World War.

“War epic deserving of many a standing ovation… Tideline Runners take things to a stratospheric new level with a show that conjures up every human emotion…" - The Berwick Advertiser

"The cast had me in flood of tears, and beaming with joy, at the same time. This is the most powerful, most emotive, and most important show I've ever seen." - Straw Puppet Promotions

Sam & Isla Forever is the moving and uplifting love story about the heroes who protect us all over the world and the heroes we meet every day.

1916 - Samuel Francis Kent and Isla Elizabeth Chappell should have had a long and happy life together. Sam has returned a hero from the trenches - wounded, exhausted and shell-shocked. But through all the horrors of war, Isla’s love for him pulls him through. On a beautiful summer afternoon, even though no bells will ring for them, they are married. It should have been perfect…

But all that is thrown into doubt when Sam makes a promise to look after his best friend. It is a promise that takes him to the trenches of The Somme. It is a promise that will lead to an act that will put him in front of a firing squad.

1974 - Eleanor Kent, Isla and Sam’s daughter is on a mission to have her father pardoned. Her mother told her her whole life that Sam was a hero and not the coward they claimed. She enlists the help of Martin Thackeray, a disgraced lawyer and his team. It is a mission that will take them into the corridors of Parliament as they cut through years of secrecy and lies as they attempt to clear Sam’s name before the time runs out…

Director Robert Flynn and choreographer Chloe Smith, who brought the original Sam & Isla Forever to the stage, proudly return with a newly revised script by RJ Wilkinson and a production that is wiser, stronger and filled with the epic swashbuckling romance that made the first production a smash hit. 

Featuring an unforgettable songbook - from the joyous Open Arms and I Can Do This Right to the battle-born epics of We Were Here, Our Minute Silence and The Song Of The Somme - and two new songs not featured in the original run (the pulse-quickening Our Summer and Let Me In) - Sam & Isla Forever is a must see show, and one that will stay with you...forever.



“War epic deserving of many a standing ovation… Tideline Runners take things to a stratospheric new level with a show that conjures up every human emotion… performances that would melt the stoniest of hearts… amazing choreography…a real musical epic… the show everyone is talking about and deservedly so… Epic. Powerful. Moving.” - The Berwick Advertiser

“Where do I start?!
A huge well done and congratulations to all the cast and crew of The Tideline Runners Theatre Company, to Chloë Smith for her incredible choreography, and of course to Rj.Wilkinson. Incredible work from everyone involved. The cast had me in flood of tears, and beaming with joy, at the same time.

This is the most powerful, most emotive, and most important show I've ever seen. Forget, for a second, that this is one of the best love stories ever told, that this show is a simply outstanding musical - this is for the 306. This subject has not been touched, especially not like this, and of course R J Wilkinson was the man for the job. 
Standing ovation on your first night - It doesn't get better than that. 

You need to see this show. Please. Seriously, PLEASE. You NEED to see this show!” - Straw Puppet Promotions
Year: 2018
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194