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Drama + New Writing


A story about siblinghood and grief, based on Britain's first climate refugees

In 2014, residents of Fairbourne, Wales, were sat watching their local evening news when they found out that they were to be Britain's first climate refugees, with their town set to be decommissioned and depopulated by 2054. Housing prices dropped over night, insurance disappeared, & life savings were lost in the chaos.

This award-winning story follows the story of Ava & Josh: two siblings caught in the purgatory of a fictional but analogous town set to be abandoned. With dividing lines drawn and scapegoats hunted, the community is forced to pick up the pieces, or fall apart trying, whilst Ava & Josh’s very siblinghood is pushed to its limits.

Swell asks the question: how are we able to understand ourselves when the places we call home crumble around us?





'Foreman may be showing us the new tool of climate consciousness, & it is almost impossible to look away★★★★★ EdFringe Review

'It might just be the most important thing you see this year★★★★ Binge Fringe

'We need more stories like this★★★★ Three Weeks

'A wonderful piece of storytelling★★★★ Reviews Hub

'With writing & performances this strong, Swell is well worth seeing★★★★ Flora Gosling

'Flawlessly cast★★★★ Fringe Biscuit


Writer & Director | Tom Foreman
Technical Director | Gareth Evans
Sound Director | Tom Chandler 
Associate Producer | Tavy Oursin
Associate Director | Pip Pearce

Ava | Rachel Nicholson
Josh | Max Beken
Adi | Tom Pacitti

Ticket Price

£10 - £18


21 - 23 Feb


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 75 minutes
Age Guidance | 12+
Content Warnings | Violence, Fake Weaponry


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