In a futuristic land where the once-spurned imperfect have taken control and attraction can be fatal, Tara and Julian are awaiting ethnic cleansing. On the run from the squad, they're hidden by Darren who believes Tara is an angel sent to save him. When Kelly tries to persuade Darren to denounce the runaways, Darren resorts to violent measures to ensure his saviour's safety.
Written in non-linear time, The Drowned World mixes dialogue with monologue and direct address to the audience. The cast for the London run are Josephine Butler (as Tara), Theo Fraser Steele (Julian), Neil McKinven (Darren) and Eileen Walsh (Kelly).
The production, seen in August at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, is directed by Paines Plough artistic director Vicky Feathterstone. The renowned touring company's many previous award-winning productions have included Owen's Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, Abi Morgan's Tiny Dynamite and Splendour and Douglas Maxwell's Helmet, which played at London's Soho Theatre following a UK-wide tour earlier this year.
- by Terri Paddock