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The story of what happened when the world was destroyed and how the people who lived tried to make it new again.

Flood is an extraordinary year-long epic commissioned for Hull 2017 that will be told online, live in Hull and on BBC television. It is created by the ground-breaking Leeds-based theatre company Slung Low, directed by artistic director Alan Lane and written by award-winning playwright James Phillips.

Flood is their most ambitious and experimental project to date; mixing live performance, special effects, film and digital elements to tell a story across an entire year. The story will be told throughout four compelling parts. People seeing it will be able to experience each section as a stand-alone piece, or follow the entire series with each part enriching and linking to every other.

Set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event, which has seen England engulfed by water, this play asks a simple question: what if the fleeing masses from our TV screens and Twitter feeds, in their boats and their orange lifejackets, had English accents? A reimagining of the Flood myth, it is the story of how the nation is destroyed by a global flood and tsunami wave.

Presented on a floating stage in Hull’s Victoria Dock, those left fight for survival.

Part One: From the Sea – is a short film in which the story begins, when a girl is raised from the depths of the sea.

One day it starts to rain and no-one knows why. And it doesn’t stop. Far out on the North Sea a fisherman raises a girl in his net, miraculously alive from the deep sea. Is she one of the migrants now washing up on English shores? Or someone sent for some higher purpose?

Flood part one - by Slung Low as part of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017Screened in airstream caravans across Hull, Flood part one

Catch up with the rest of the story so far...

The third instalment of this extraordinary year-long epic, commissioned for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will be told online, live in Hull and on BBC television on Saturday 12 August at 10pm.

Alan Lane, artistic director of Slung Low, said:

“Working with Hull 2017 has allowed us to imagine a larger, more engaging adventure for audiences than ever before. Flood is theatrically and politically the most ambitious work we've ever made and the chance to tell that story in Hull throughout this most thrilling year for the city is something we're really excited about.”


Martin Green, Director Hull 2017, said:

“It is wonderful to be working with Slung Low, one of the most brilliant companies in the UK.... Flood embarks us on an extraordinary journey, which over the next months will stimulate, challenge and ask questions of the audience in an epic piece of storytelling.”

About this Artist

Slung Low make adventures for audiences outside conventional theatre spaces, each with a powerful, moving story at its heart.