64 pgs., 2 female, 2 male
Originally produced by Unicorn Theatre for Children, UK, in 1987
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 8+
An ordinary middle class family face another ordinary day, but it turns out to be a day like no other. Rain has begun to fall and will not stop. Martha has had a dream and believes the end of the world is near, but her businessman husband Gerald thinks she is ill and needs to see a doctor. Their two children watch as the rain falls and their parents argue. Gerald refuses to believe Martha and goes to work while she blows their savings on a yellow boat. She orders the children to pack enough clothes and food for a long journey. Gerald reaches the boat just in time as the world is washed away, except for one yellow boat. Eventually after much hardship the family reach an island which is a natural paradise, and the children begin to rebuild their lives and create a new culture. As the play ends, they see another ship on the horizon.
“Charles Way’s provocative play is magical, haunting, funny and tearful.” -The Guardian