Having lost a lifetime of research in the worst floods Sydney has witnessed, Daniel – a climatologist and advisor to the government – isn’t in the mood for appreciating the irony of what he should have predicted.
Paralysed by the knowledge that the world is consuming itself, Daniel takes little joy in planning for his future – somewhat of a problem for his spirited other half, Fiona. When Fiona tells Daniel they’re about to start a family, Daniel must choose between what he knows and what he loves.
An urgent and searching new play about the most pressing issue of our times, Between Two Waves asks an anxious, warming world: how do we find happiness in the face of an uncertain future?
A politically charged relationship drama set against a climate change backdrop, Between Two Waves is the first play to be produced out of the Griffin Studio, by one of the most talented new voices in the country.
Thank you to the Rocks Pop-Up for hosting the Between Two Waves rehearsals.
Find out more about the scheme here.
Director Sam Strong
Dramaturg Tahli Corin
Assistant Director Mackenzie Steele
Designer David Fleischer
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Sound Designer and Composer Steve Francis
Audio-Visual Designer Steve Toulmin
Photographic Images Katie Kaars
Voice-over Artists Lucy Bell, David Whitney, Matt Zeremes
With Chum Ehelepola, Rachel Gordon, Ian Meadows and Ash Ricardo
Previews 5, 6, 8, 9 October
Season 12 October – 17 November
Subscriber Briefing post-show 16 October
Saturday 2pm and 7pm
Run time: 1 hour 40 mins, no interval
Under 30 $30
$15 Rush tickets – limited number available Monday evenings at the door
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SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011
“[Sam] Strong deals the play’s shuffled scenes with his customary assurance and the drama flows seamlessly…a gently unsettling portrait of the times we live in” Jason Blake SMH
“Sam Strong’s production is tautly elegant and doesn’t miss a beat. Neither does his excellent cast” Sun Herald
“…Meadows…gives a riveting performance…an involving drama and a powerful portrait of anxiety in today’s insecure world.” Sunday Telegraph
“5 stars. Daniel’s aria of doom is a showstopper…Fiona’s tender resuscitation of him is one of the more beautiful, vulnerable moments of human contact we’ve seen on stage all year…Between Two Waves boldly takes on some incredibly profound questions. The result is a work of immense and lasting impact.” Time Out
”Between Two Waves is a fresh and interesting work, attempting to debate vital social issues within a very contemporary rom/com. I recommend it.” Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
”..a warm-hearted, entertaining look at a terrifying topic.” Concrete Playground
“The kind of theatre that bypasses your brain and gets you in the soul…Ian Meadows delivers a remarkable performance…an outstanding piece of theatre and one I wholeheartedly recommend. Go see it.” Australian Stage online
“This reviewer, for one, wanted to run through the streets yelling happy expletives afterwards. 4 stars”. Arts Hub
“Writer-actor Ian Meadows has created a nuanced and gripping journey…superb performances tightly directed by Sam Strong” Daily Telegraph
“Political despair and the facts come crashing in stunningly…Meadows plays Daniel, in a fine performance…Ash Ricardo is very strong and lively.” John McCallum The Australian
”It must be said that yet again Sam Strong has made a wise decision in programming Between Two Waves. It’s a wonderful end to his stewardship at The Griffin.” Stage Whispers
”Sam [Strong] has a knack for bringing something to the stage that you would not normally expect to see, but it works and leaves you talking about it for hours afterwards.” SameSame
“Stunning…beautifully affecting, offering both the adrenalin of a thriller and the quivering tingle of a truly heart-warming personal story.” themusic.com.au
“If this is the first offering from the Griffin studio, it augurs a whole lot better for the future of new Australian drama than our carbon emissions do for our future.” Crikey Curtain Call
”Strong’s last show at Griffin is an ideal farewell. This play feels fresh and relevant without being preachy.” Altmedia.com
”Relevant, brave, absorbing and, most importantly, entertaining.” Oz Baby Boomers
“Between Two Waves is a very successful piece with amazing actors…” Eastside FM
‘‘I may be persona non grata [in Collie] after writing about climate change,’’ Ian Meadows chats to SMH
‘”Between Two Waves confronts an incredibly topical, important world issue – climate change – through the medium of a very personal and beautifully drawn relationship,”‘ Sam Strong chats to Time Out
‘The Stables is fast becoming the leading Sydney theatre space to see human behaviour under the microscope, and director Sam Strong is an outstanding observer of human behaviour in extreme situations.’ Time Out on The Boys.
‘In a world of flash floods and rising sea levels, who’d start a family?’ Concrete Playground asks Ian Meadows some big questions.
‘If ever a play could remind us of the power of storytelling to change perceptions, Four Deaths in the Life of Ronaldo Abok would be it.’ AussieTheatre.com on Four Deaths in the Life of Ronaldo Abok written by Ian Meadows.