In 2014, residents of Fairbourne, Wales, were sat watching their local evening news when they found out 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, and life savings were lost in the chaos.
This award-winning new writing follows the story of Ava and 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 our own selves when the places we call home crumble around us?
Swell joins the East Riding Theatre as part of its national tour, following a critically acclaimed run at Underbelly Cowgate during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The ERT Team: We have a committed Board, comprising of professional theatre-makers and business experts. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance Ambassadors: John Godber & Richard Bean Associated Artists: Mark Addy, Berwick Kaler, William Houston, Anna Maxwell-Martin, David Bradley Directors of the Board: Adrian Rawlins – Artistic Director Vincent Regan – Creative Director Chris Wade – Music and Comedy Programming Anne Cooper – Planning and Funding Sue Kirkman – Manager John Merrylees – Technical Production Tom Wilders – Finance