After four highly successful preview shows at Dyspla Festival in November 2012, The 8th Wave returns to the London stage in a production by new company Disturbance. James Ernest’s stunning debut play is a tense, highly-charged and poetic exploration of our desire for freedom and emotional fulfilment. In its shocking finale, it acknowledges our need to experience moments of oblivion, to escape the cruelties of the material world. Brian’s little world revolves around his shop, a business built up from nothing. Lonely and unmarried, somewhat at odds with the world, his self-righteous world-view cadged from the Daily Mail, he believes in things as they should be, not as they are.
\nWhen teenage scally Mathew breaks into his shop, the fire of Brian’s resentments flares up. He holds the boy captive and unleashes on him the fury of his bitterness at the world. Mathew fears the worst.