Runtime: 1h 15m
Theatre doesn’t really step up in pace until next week when there is a feast of new possibilities from The Boys are Kissing at Theatre503 to the immersive show Saint Jude at 100 Petty France and Frantic Assembly’s Othello coming to the Lyric Hammersmith. But the King’s Head is working as normal and includes Tom Foreman’s climate refugee drama, Swell, inspired by the Welsh town which in 2014 discovered that local agencies would no longer be protecting their homes and town from the encroaching sea. Or take a chance on Sam McArdle’s The Manny, a one man dark comedy inspired by his personal experience of being a male nanny. The work is well paid and its cash in hand but there is seven year old spoiled brat Michael to deal with and his own increasing sense that life is slipping him by.
In 2014, residents of Fairbourne, Wales, were sat watching their local evening news when they found out that they were to be Britain's first climate refugees, with their town set to be decommissioned and depopulated by 2054. Housing prices dropped over night, insurance disappeared & life savings were lost in the chaos. This award-winning new writing follows the story of Ava & Josh: two siblings caught in the purgatory of a fictional but analogous town set to be abandoned. With dividing lines drawn and scapegoats hunted, the community is forced to pick up the pieces, or fall apart trying, whilst Ava and Josh’s very siblinghood is pushed to its limits. Swell asks the question: how are we able to understand ourselves when the places we call home crumble around us? ★★★★★ 'Foreman may be showing us the new tool of climate consciousness, & it is almost impossible to look away' - EdFringe review ★★★★ 'It might just be the most important thing you see this year' - Binge Fringe ★★★★ 'We need more stories like this' - Three Weeks Age Recommendation: 12+