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Contingency Plan, The  

On the Beach & Resilience

Contingency Plan, The $20.86 ex GST
$22.95 inc GST

A double bill of plays from the front line of climate change - an epic portrait of an England of the near future, in the grip of unprecedented and catastrophic floods.

Impressive in scale and chilling as a prediction of our immediate future, the two plays are complementary but can also stand alone.

On the Beach
Will Paxton, a glaciologist, returns from months in Antarctica to tell his parents that he will take up a role within Government. Thirty years ago, his father silenced his own radical thinking on climate change. Yet behind the reunion with his father lies thirty years of secrecy and bitterness. As the truth surfaces, the family is torn apart, and Will's parents must face the rising tide alone.

Resilience
The Tory Government that has just come to power wants radical answers to the imminent floods. Their newly appointed expert, Will Paxton, puts an extreme scenario on the table: England, from its coastline to its capital, faces catastrophe.

Review
An urgent wake-up call... for sheer emotional intensity, has no rival on the London stage... Waters' massive achievement is to have made the most important issue of our times into engrossing theatre  -   Guardian



Cast : 3-4M, 2-3F (cast size for a double bill)

Nick Hern  | 978-1-84842-052-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

STEVE WATERS is an acclaimed playwright whose plays have been staged at the Donmar Warehouse, the Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre and the Bush Theatre. His recent works include Little Platoons and The Contingency Plan, a double-bill of plays from the front line of climate change, the second part of which, Resilience, was nominated for the 2009 John Whiting Awards. Steve also ran the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University for several years; he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His guide to dramatic writing, The Secret Life of Plays, is also published by Nick Hern Books. 

 
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