First there was a loud crack in the city, and then a shudder out to sea.
Four people arrive in the safehouse. With only the clothes on their backs, they find themselves asking what had been lost, and what was there left to lose? But in those darkest hours they start to understand how these strangers, and the contents of a mysterious unclaimed bag, might offer them all the hope they need as the sea returns.
In this intimate and immersive dance experience four lives are given an emotional counterpoint by a supporting community cast, an evocative soundtrack, fearless physicality, and new writing.
Choreography/ Direction: Abi Mortimer
Music and Sound Design: Dougie Evans
Extended Cast Management and Direction: Carrie Whitaker
Writing and Dramaturgy: Nick Walker
Marketing Design and Management: Dougie Evans
Production Management: Sam Wood
Lighting Design: Joshua Pharo
Costume and Scenic Design: Alice Kristina Rose
Technician: Holly Gould, Joe Brice
Project Management: Morton Bates Arts Service
What is The Deluge?
The Deluge is about an oncoming flood that is heading toward the city. The local community has been evacuated and sent to its local ‘safe-house’ (the venue). Inside the safe-house we follow the journeys of our characters who, within the hopelessness of the situation, find hope through the support that emerges between strangers.
Whether the building will withstand the wave, the character’s don’t know – no one does. So, with only the clothes on their back, they find themselves asking what had been lost, and what was there left to lose? But in these darkest hours they start to understand how the strangers around them, and the contents of a mysterious unclaimed bag, might offer them all the hope, and the love they need as the sea returns.
The Deluge is a an immersive experience inspired by recent UK events of flooding and torrential storms. Each performance will transform a venue into fictional world, with four breathtaking performers and a supporting cast from the local community. The story has been developed with a writer called Nick Walker and the show has an original soundtrack written by Dougie Evans.
What does it mean to be an Extended Cast member?
Being a member of the Extended Cast is an opportunity to work alongside professional performers within sections of The Deluge. It’s a rare opportunity for people from the local community to experience the workings of a professional company coming to a venue near them. The Extended Cast will be supported to develop their performance skills and professionalism through taking part in the event under the direction of the company directors.
The Extended cast, alongside the cast of four Lîla dancers take part in the opening section of the work. This is a section where the audience members walk through the performance space amongst the performers. The performers work with both movement and theatre devices to create a community of people who are thrown together in a ‘safe-house’ to await the oncoming tsunami. This section allows performers to flex their acting and physical skills in the creation of this imaginary world in which the extended cast may find themselves interacting with an audience which includes their family and friends!
After this section, The Extended Cast will also re-enter to perform alongside the core cast on a few other occasions throughout the show. Different members of the Extended Cast will appear in different sections in order to support their levels of skill and experience.
Please note that The Extended Cast are not present on stage throughout the whole show. They are valuable members of our production who, within the intensive time we are able to work with them, emerge and submerge to colour the narrative of The Deluge.
The Deluge is a national touring production and has a different Extended cast at each venue. It’s therefore vital that the work both invites the Extended Cast into its world, and in a way that enables the work to maintain high production values for its audience.