Journeys of Destiny: Story of hope inspires new musical, Ava Hunt Theatre


In Journeys of Destiny Ava Hunt Theatre is taking the inspirational true story of 14 year old Saad AlKassab fleeing war-torn Syria with his family for a better life and interweaves it with the young people making the transition from primary to secondary school. Working with young people from Derby Theatre Youth groups and young refugees from Derby the professional company will explore themes of change and resilience. Using songs, verbatim material from Saad’s recollections and the young people’s stories of going from the known to the unknown, whether it be changing schools, changing homes or changing countries, Journeys of Destiny explores what we need to take with us to keep us resilient, so we can navigate a world of change and achievement.

Following the performance, the Journeys of Destiny team will join forces with representatives from Derby’s Refugee Advice Centre to lead a post-show discussion around the themes of the show and the themes of Refugee Week.

Ava Hunt, Company and show director said of the production:

“We’re delighted to have received Arts Council Funding which has allowed us to share this inspiring story of Saad Al-Kassab to a wider audience. Journeys of Destiny comes as a result of two years of international research and new creative collaborations with schools, Derby Refugee Advice Centre and Derbyshire County Council’s Virtual School to celebrate national Refugee Week and Fly the Flag 70.


Journeys of Destiny is at Derby Theatre on Thursday 20 June at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £8.00 (£5.00 conc for under 26) and are available by calling the Box Office on: 01332 59 39 39 or booking online at