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Contingency Plan, The
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Contingency Plan, The

On the Beach & Resilience

Steve Waters
 

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
Fast Labour
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Fast Labour

Steve Waters
 
“But look at us, where we are, what we are… Flinching from lorries, sorting carrots for money that is a joke to these people, living where they’d rather die than live… We are invisible people!”

A ruthless illegal immigrant rises to the top in a play exposing the underbelly of the labour market

Victor, a tough Ukrainian in his early 40s, arrives in the UK to join the illegal workforce and endure appalling conditions. With a combination of luck and grit—and the help of Anita, young, Scottish and very bright—he establishes his own business: an agency that supplies legitimate seasonal labour.
   
But Victor comes into conflict with his former boss and overreaches himself with fatal results. But not before he has enjoyed the good life and—incidentally—exposed the dubious morality of much of the British labour market…
   
Fast Labour is an epic play charting the rise and rise of a charismatic tough guy through the murky underworld of contract labour.

Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-574-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ignorance/ Jahiliyyah
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Ignorance/ Jahiliyyah

Steve Waters
 

1949. Small town Colorado. A group of regular American students struggle to accept a foreigner in their midst; their unthinking behaviour will have terrible consequences that are to change world history. In London, sixty years later, a university professor’s work analysing those consequences takes on a frightening personal dimension when Layla Ahmad walks into his office…



Cast : 2M, 3F (doubling)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-295-7 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Little Platoons
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Little Platoons

Steve Waters
 
Free schools are getting ready to transform from policy idea to classroom reality. But what do we know about them?

A group of West London parents are driven by desperation to take the new government up on their offer and start their own ‘free school’. They want to create an education that their children will enjoy rather than endure. But as they find their lives given over to a disturbing version of the Big Society, their fervour turns to panic.

This dark new comedy takes the pulse of Coalition Britain, by exploring what the retreat of the state and the growth of people power might actually mean. Moving from satiric comedy to poignant family drama, it asks why we’re all so obsessed with education and what happens when we get what we wish for.

Review
Wittily exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we best educate our children. -   Guardian 



Cast : 6M, 5F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-151-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Secret Life of Plays, The
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Secret Life of Plays, The

Steve Waters
 

Theatre is a live medium, about bodies, sweat and feeling, even if it is informed by ideas and reason. How a thing composed of words manages to carry within it the currents of energy that generate that impression of life is what I want to explore… 

A guide to the hidden workings of plays and the trade secrets that govern their writing - by the acclaimed playwright Steve Waters.

Drawing on a wide range of drama, both historical and modern, Waters takes the reader through the key elements of dramatic writing – scenes, acts, space, time, characters, language and images – to show how a play is more than the sum of its parts, with as much inner vitality as a living organism.

Almost uniquely amongst accounts of playwriting, Waters’ book looks at the ways in which good plays move their audiences, generating powerful emotional responses that often defy conventional analysis.

The Secret Life of Plays is for playwrights at any stage of their career, and will inspire and inform drama students as well as working actors and directors. Most of all it is for anyone who has ever laughed or cried in the theatre – and wants to know why.

Review
'Steve Waters’ book is like his plays: clear, elegant and stimulating throughout.'  - David Edgar



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-000-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Unthinkable, The
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Unthinkable, The

Steve Waters
 
The mid-80s. Four bright Oxford students set up a radical group which is commandeered by New Labour to become an ‘alternative think-tank’. As the years go by, its initially idealistic members start pursuing their own goals. One joins the World Bank, one makes a fortune as an Internet pioneer; one becomes an MP... One, always the most uncompromising, goes to help the Palestinian cause and gets killed at Nablus.






Cast : 4M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-826-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
World Music
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World Music

Steve Waters
 
World premiere of a subtle and topical new play about our complicated attitudes to the Third World. The troubled and bloody relationship between Africa and Europe spills into the personal lives and loves of two generations.








Cast : 4M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-762-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB