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The Great Wave

A co-production with the Tricycle Theatre

a new play by Francis Turnly

10 March to 14 April 2018
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 20 mins, inc interval

The Great Wave

An epic new thriller.

On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

Set in Japan and North Korea, Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller The Great Wave is directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.


Talks and events

Indhu Rubasingham and Francis Turnly on The Great Wave Mon 26 Mar, 6pm, £7/£5
16 – 21: The Great Wave - Creating Theatre from true events, Wed 28 Mar, 5pm, £10
Designing The Great Wave with Tom Piper Wed 28 Mar, 5.30pm, £7/£5
Inside the World’s Most Secretive Nation Tue 10 Apr, 6pm, £7/£5

4 star rating

Timely. Gripping. A fascinating story.

4 star rating

Will bowl you over. A deeply emotional story.

The Times
4 star rating

A fresh and powerful piece of theatre.

What's On Stage
4 star rating

Excellent drama. Beautiful.

4 star rating

Riveting. An unforgettable story.

The Sunday Times
4 star rating

Fresh, moving, out-of-the-ordinary drama.


The Great Wave | Production gallery

The Great Wave | About the Play

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Production team

The Great Wave - Photography (Kae Alexander) by Linda Brownlee