Tidal Waves

Tidal Waves Play

Cast    10 - 4F 6M

Setting   A rainforest village


TIDAL WAVES is set in a remote rainforest village and focuses on a marginalized people who have no voice against the global erosion of indigenous cultures.

We follow Luke a young clan chief and his family as they are confronted by the unscrupulous outside world and hurtled from bush telegraph to mobile phone in one generation. They are hit in quick succession by five waves of exploitation: Christianity, Logging, Environmentalism, Gold and Carbon Trading.

Incredibly – and despite almost ‘drowning’ – the family survive. The women led by Sero, Luke’s wife, and Enid his mother-in-law, fight to save their treasured culture.

TIDAL WAVES is based on events I experienced over twenty years working with the peoples of the Upper Sepik, Papua New Guinea. During that time, I came to realise that these tribes-people are the crucial guardians of the ‘source of life’. For as one of the characters says in the play within the drama: “Here the trees reach up to the sky - making fresh air for the world to breathe. And here the sky falls down to the earth - making fresh rain for the world to drink”.

TIDAL WAVES is shortly to undergo major revision and is not currently available for production.

All enquiries to Lucy Fawcett. Sheil Land Associates:
Email: lfawcett@sheilland.co.uk
Phone: 020 7405 9351

Stageplay Excerpt and Script currently unavailable.

What people have said

  • Ian Rickson

    Your play is ambitious, wide ranging, urgent and passionate. Congratulations.

  • Mark Rylance

    I applaud it and obviously it's a theme close to his heart!

  • Tricycle

    The language is vivid and idiomatic.

  • Birmingham Rep

    This is an exciting play covering such vast material and well written.

  • Plymouth Theatres

    Could be quite stunning and compelling... given the author’s ability to bring these people so alive.

Inspiration from my Papua New Guinean Mentors

  • William Takaku, Clan Chief, Bourgainville

    Cut down the forest and you kill culture.  For it is from the forest that we get our dreams.

  • Kaku Yafie, then teenage Clan Chief, Hunstein Range

    You can do what you like with your trees - but no one is cutting down my forest!

  • Lucas Kou, Baua Baua Theatre, East Sepik

    When the tidal wave hit our shore, we went to work with the survivors and I saw devastation with my own eyes.  Now I fear another tidal wave.  Not of uprooted houses and schools but of uprooted culture and environment caused by the recent wave of exploiters.