No Place But the Water Episode 1
Drama of the Week
Friday, 14 August
Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world.
There is a hotel on the edge of the water, run by a messy family of dreamers in the middle of nowhere. There is also a pig called Barking. But the food is running out and Birdie thinks they are being watched.
When there is no place but the water, where do you go?
JESSIE ..... Sade Malone
BIRDIE ..... Poppy O’Brien
THE ANGEL ..... Vinette Robinson
MAURICE ..... Pearce Quigley
GIL ..... Rupert Hill
LAURIE/SELENE ..... Jenny Platt
Directed by Nadia Molinari
Programme Consultants: Dr James M Lea and Dr Ian Dawson
‘No Place but the Water’ is a speculative drama series that explores what the world might look like after the Western Antarctic melts and also asks questions about how we offer hospitality to refugees, how we live closer to the planet when we are forced to and what exactly becomes vital when very little remains. It captures a magical-realist world that is also filled with ghosts. There is a sense of danger, not only of the rising water but also that some terrible act has already happened on the island before their arrival. The hotel itself is a character, sometimes offering its secrets but also stalking the family with its sighs and bells, secret places and shadows of what happened in the past. Ultimately the family discover that the hotel and the forest beyond it, hold the hope of a new kind of life.
This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.