THE CONTINGENCY PLAN

By Steve Waters ***** Evening Standard **** Guardian **** Sunday Times **** Telegraph **** Independent **** Financial Times **** Time Out Wed 22 Apr - Sat 6 Jun, 2009

THE CONTINGENCY PLAN is a double bill of plays from the frontline of climate change. They both stand alone and are complementary. Together, they present an epic portrait of an England of the near future, in which huge flooding has destroyed Bristol and threatens to sink the east coast.

ON THE BEACH
Thirty years ago, Robin Paxton silenced his radical thinking on climate change and with his wife Jenny withdrew from public life to their home on the Norfolk coast. Now, Robin's son Will, a glaciologist, has taken on his father's work. He returns from months in the Antarctic to tell his parents he will take up a role within government. Yet behind the happy reunion with his father, lies thirty years of secrecy and bitterness. As the truth surfaces, the family is torn apart, and Robin and Jenny must face the rising tide alone.

RESILIENCE
A Tory government has just come to power and wants radical answers to the imminent floods. Two new ministers, a true-blue Tory and a member of the Notting Hill set, try to outmenoeuvre and undermine each other. When the chief Civil Servant brings maverick glaciologist Will Paxton into the meeting, he puts an extreme scenario on the table: England, from the coastline to its capital, faces catastrophe.

 

What the papers say

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'A triumph...some of the very finest dramatic components London has seen this year: sophisticated writing, slick direction and superlative acting.'
FIVE STARS

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

'A stunning theatrical knock-out.'
FOUR STARS

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

creatives

Direction- On the Beach - Michael Longhurst
Direction- Resilience - Tamara Harvey
Design - Tom Scutt
Lighting Design - Oliver Fenwick
Sound Design - Emma Laxton

 

cast includes

David Bark-Jones
Robin Soans
Stephanie Street
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Susan Brown

 

details

Performance Times - Mon-Sat 7.30. Sat Mat 2.30. Please note that you will only be able to see one play a night, except on Saturdays when the plays run consecutively at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
On the Beach performances - 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 May & 1, 2, 3 June 7:30pm
On the Beach matinees - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May & 6 June 2.30pm & 5, 6 May 4.30pm
Resilience performances - 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 May & 4, 5, 6 June 7.30pm
Signed performances - 9 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Audio Described performances - Saturday 16 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Captioned performances - Saturday 23 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
On the Beach running time - Approx 2 hours (including 20 min interval)
Resilience running time - Approx 2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 min interval)
Ticket Prices - £9-15 per show