the waves


You shouldn't clap. When it ends you shouldn't clap. You wouldn't at a funeral, would you? And this is a massacre of the memories of these women. A wake.

Either way it’s fucking disrespectful.”


Rachel’s suicide seems inevitable. Trapped in the moment where she must decide, Rachel demands answers from her mothers; Kane, Plath and Woolf. In a state stuck somewhere between a dream and a nightmare, memories and delusions collide as Rachel desperately tries to understand what brought her here, what she ought to do next, and who she actually is. Is there hope, even in this dark corner of her mind?


But this biography is a lie. A bad lie. And do we even have the right to know?


Dealing with depression, misappropriation and love through striking writing, muscular physicality and arresting imagery, The Waves is a new play from the winners of the Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival ‘Best Play’ award 2016.

Originally developed at East 15 Acting School's pioneering Debut Festival in February 2017, created by Uri Roodner, with mentoring by Jesse Britton and Charlotte Josephine.

Collaboratively devised with the company

Written and directed by Ed Theakston with Katie Coull

Designed by Ioana Curelea