THE WEIGHT OF WATER
Adaptation by Shona Auerbach
of the book by Sarah Crossan
Arriving from Poland with a mother who is obsessed with finding her deserted father, Kasienka’s only refuge from her homesickness is in the water, until she secretly finds her father herself.
The Weight of Water follows the journey of Kasienka, a 12 year old girl, brought over from Poland by her obsessive mother in order to find her father, who deserted the family several years before. Kasienka feels the quest is futile and just wants to go back home. Money is tight these days and their only lead is a postmark on a letter, and so they move into a small bedsit in a block of flats in Coventry. Life is not easy, Mama gets a cleaning job in the local hospital and Kasienka struggles to fit in at school. They both embark on a street by street, door to door search for Tata. This continually draws a blank until out of the blue, with their help of their new neighbour Kanoro, Kasienka finds her father, and without telling Mama she starts to visit him.