In a vulnerable place – Play written and performed by Steve Waters
May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm£7
Part of Festival of Debate Festival (https://www.festivalofdebate.com/)
Written and performed by
‘Has the world changed or have I changed?’
Steve Waters’s first one-man show is a very personal journey into the present tense reality of climate change. Waters, whose diptych of plays The Contingency Plan described by Time Out as ‘the first and best plays about climate change’ and were a huge hit at the Bush Theatre back in 2009, has returned to the subject in this documentary piece.
The play tells the story of encounters Waters has had with real people in the Norfolk Broads and in Mongolia: the near-to and the far-flung. The Broads is a landscape under a death penalty, the Gobi region in Mongolia is a place experiencing the temperature rises scheduled for the rest of the world by 2050.
During his journeys Waters meets reed-cutters and camel-herders, twitchers and nomads; he meets the man who saved a village and enters a prison to meet a man who saved a river. He voices these encounters but keeps in view his own emotional journey – as a parent, as a writer, as a citizen. And whilst much of the show is deeply troubling, there is humour and hope that emerges from a world where there’s ‘so much left to fight for’.
Steve’s work includes: The Contingency Plan (The Bush), World Music (Sheffield Crucible and
Donmar Warehouse) Temple and Limehouse (Donmar Warehouse); his new show, The Last King of Scotland, adapted from Giles Foden’s novel will open at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in the Autumn; his nine-part drama on the Iranian revolution for the BBC World Service, Fall of the Shah, is available on BBC Sounds.
*****(five stars) ‘a triumph…some of the very finest dramatic writing London has seen this year…’
The Evening Standard The Contingency Plan