It’s summer and London is underwater.
In a broken world that was broken long before they were born, a group of young people grapple with the aftermath of the flood. When everything changes, what does it take to keep afloat no matter what?
As Waters Rise was originally conceived as a stage production for the Almeida Young Company (14-18). However, due to the coronavirus lockdown, the script was tailored to be performed as an audio drama with each performer rehearsing and recording their parts from home.
To help the cast get into the mindset of their characters, they each created a mood board representing the character's interests, outlook and feelings.
To help the Young Company explore their roles and delve into how their characters think and behave, they created the following additional material in-character which is sometimes referred to in the episodes, and is sometimes wholly created from their own imagination.
An unsent message to Jess (by Lola Priestley)
An unsent message to Lily (by Natasha Cattley)
Jess' Hampstead Vlog (by Natasha Cattley)
The Route to Robbery (by Natasha Cattley)
Nadia emails Zack (by Freya Johnson)
Zack's tweet (by Muhammad Abdraheman)
Lily's random thoughts (by Lola Priestley)
As Waters Rise is accompanied by a set of learning resources written by Director Alex Brown and Schools Coordinator Alicia Mills. These resources are suitable for GCSE and A-Level Drama students as well as for use in PHSE, Sociology, Politics and Philosophy lessons.
Writer Ben Weatherill
Direction Alex Brown
Associate Director Abi Falase
Producer Simon Stephens
Sound Design Martha Littlehailes
Music Fizz Margereson
Zack Muhammad Abdraheman
Jess Natasha Cattley
Joel Gilles Macdonald
Nadia Freya Johnson
Lily Lola Priestley
Alyssa Vigs Otite
The Host Caroline Faber
Police Officer One Ryan Early
Police Officer Two & Volunteer Louie Keen