On the Beach
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume The Contingency Plan
First Staged:
Bush Theatre, London, 2009

On the Beach

By Steve Waters
Published in volume The Contingency Plan
On Stage at:
Donmar Warehouse, London
From Wed 10 Jun 2020 to Sat 1 Aug 2020

Part of The Contingency Plan, a double bill of plays from the frontline of climate change - an epic portrait of an England of the near future, in the grip of unprecedented and catastrophic floods.

In 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.

Steve Waters' play On the Beach was first performed as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2009.

On the Beach can be presented on its own or as part of a double bill with Resilience.

Press Quotes

'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

'A triumph'

Evening Standard

'Thrilling... masterly... a stunning theatrical knock-out'

Daily Telegraph

'The first and best British play on climate change'

Time Out

Also by Steve Waters:

The Last King of Scotland (stage version)
Fast Labour
Limehouse
The Contingency Plan
Out of Your Knowledge
Little Platoons
Ignorance/Jahiliyyah
Steve Waters: Shorts
The Secret Life of Plays
In a Vulnerable Place
Temple
Resilience
World Music
Death of a Cyclist
The Play About Calais
Why Can't We Live Together?
The Unthinkable

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