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.
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.
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.
David Bark-Jones Chris
Theatre includes: The Way of the World (Theatre Royal and Derngate, Northampton); The Forest, Machinal, Arcadia (National Theatre); Schippel the Plumber (Watford Palace); Julius Caesar
(Birmingham Rep); All's Well That Ends Well (Royal Exchange); Some Sunny Day (Hampstead); Venice Preserved (Almeida); Dealer's Choice (National Theatre/Vaudeville); Les Liaisons
Dangereuses (Wolsey, Ipswich); She Stoops to
Conquer (Derby Playhouse).
TV includes: New Tricks, Slings and Arrows, Wilson, No Angels, Rosemary and Thyme, Life for Daniel, Rough Treatment, Oliver Twist, Bramwell, A Wing and a Prayer, The Legacy of Reggie Perrin, Pride and Prejudice, Press Gang, Trainer.
Film includes: The Calling, RocknRolla, Sixty Six, The Da Vinci Code, A Gentle Creature (short).
Stephanie trained at LAMDA and studied English
at Cambridge University.
Theatre includes: Shades (Royal Court); The Scarecrow and his Servant (Southwark); Sweet Cider (Arcola); Too Close to Home (Lyric); The Laramie Project (Kit Productions); The Vagina Monologues (UK tour); Dark Meaning Mouse (Finborough); Strictly Dandia (Tamasha Theatre Company); As You Like It (Greenwich
Observatory); Arabian Nights (ATC Productions).
TV includes: Monday Monday, Apparitions, Holby City, Never Better,
EastEnders, Primeval, Commander III, Soundproof, Coming Up 2005,
Heavenly Father, Nylon, Doctors, Twenty Things to Do Before You're Thirty, Red Cap, The Last Detective.
Robin Soans’ plays include: One Turbulent Ambassador (Lyric Hammersmith/LAMDA), Mixed Up North (Bolton Octagon/Out of Joint/National Tour/Wilton’s Music Hall), Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre), Talking To Terrorists (Royal Court/Out of Joint – nominated for Best Play at the TMA Awards), The Arab- Israeli Cookbook (Gate Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/Met Theatre, Los Angeles), A State Affair (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre), Sinners and Saints (Croydon Warehouse), Bet Noir (Young Vic).
His books include: as co-author of Verbatim Verbatim (Oberon), Deep Heat (Oberon), and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook: The Recipes (Aurora Metro Publications - winner of the Best Innovative Food Book UK and the Special Jury Prize for Peace at the Gourmand World Book Awards).
For radio, his credits include: Not Today Thank You, The Arab Israeli Cookbook, Talking To Terrorists, Life After Scandal, and A State Affair.
Also an accomplished actor, Soans will soon be appearing in the national tour of Visitors opposite Linda Bassett.
Theatre includes: Harper Regan, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Playing With Fire, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Cardiff East (National Theatre); Easter, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Bad Weather (RSC); Road, Shirley, Downfall, Gibraltar Strait, Seagulls
(Royal Court); Dying For It, Butterfly Kiss (Almeida); The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse); The Chairs, The House of Bernarda Alba (Gate, London); You Be Ted and I'll Be Sylvia (Hampstead); The Beaux Stratagem, Back to Methuselah, The Vortex, The Way of the
World, A Woman of No Importance (Cambridge Theatre Company); Playing Sinatra (The Warehouse/Greenwich); Twelfth Night (English Touring Theatre); Small Change, Iphigenia (Sheffield Crucible).
TV includes: Road (Winner Prix Italia), Loving Hazel, Making Out, Absolute Hell, Nona, Prime Suspect, The Riff Raff Element, September Song, A Touch of Frost, Taggart, Wokenwell, Anorak of Fire, The Vice, Wire in the Blood, The Best of Both Worlds, Blue Dove, Dalziel and Pascoe, Brides in the Bath, La Femme Musketeer, Rose and Maloney, Pinochet in Suburbia, Torchwood (to be
screened in June).
Film includes: Brideshead Revisited, Hope and Glory.
Radio includes: Number 10, Felix Holt the Radical.
Theatre includes: The Contingency Plan: On the Beach and Resilience (Bush Theatre); Pains of Youth, The History Boys, The Bacchai (National); Journey's End (West End); Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3, Richard III, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V (RSC); Nathan the Wise, Merchant of Venice (Chichester).
TV includes: Ashes to Ashes, Hunter, Elizabeth I, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, Midsomer Murders, Timewatch, The Other Boleyn Girl, Love in a Cold Climate, Sword of Honour.
Film includes: Angel, Matchpoint, Kinky Boots.