by Steve Waters Tue 15 - Fri 18 Dec, 2009 Book tickets

THE CONTINGENCY PLAN is a provocative double bill 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.

First produced at the Bush in 2009, the original cast is reunited for two special readings to mark the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

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.

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 outmanoeuvre 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.

Please note that these events are seated readings at the Bush at the Library - please call the Box Office for further information.


What the papers say

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'A stunning theatrical knock-out.'

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

'Engrossing theatre.'

Michael Billington, Guardian


Director - Tamara Harvey
Director - Hannah Ashwell-Dickinson


cast includes

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



Dates - 15 and 18 December 2009
Times - 7.30pm
Prices - £6
Venue - The Bush at the Library, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ
Nearest Tube - Shepherds Bush Market