Badac Theatre: The Flood

Badac Theatre: The Flood

13th April 2016

A hard-hitting, visceral performance for a standing audience with limited capacity. Contains strong imagery not suitable for under 16s.

Confrontational, intense yet deeply moving romantic drama highlights the devastating effects of the insanity of war on an intimate relationship.

One of the more controversial plays from the Edinburgh Fringe is undertaking a short UK in November.

The Flood by Badac Theatre Company was originally created to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, described at the time as ‘the war to end all wars’. Badac have produced a typically uncompromising portrayal of the unspeakable horror wrought on humanity by wars past, present and, God forbid, future. Written and directed by Badac founder Steve Lambert (who also performs) it consistently received high praise from both press and audiences at the Fringe.

It is performed by writer/director Steve Lambert and Austrian actor Susanne Gschwendtner.

The Flood is set in the bloody battlefields of WW1 and premiered in a small previously unused cellar space below Summerhall at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. It recreates the unimaginable horror of the conflict with an explicit depiction of the slaughter of millions of soldiers torn from their ordinary lives to fight in perhaps the most hellishly filthily squalid conditions and daily terror endured by man. A parallel love story explores the devastating effects on the women who loved those men. As the insanity of the war intensifies, it follows an emerging relationship between a front line infantryman and the woman whose love gives him hope. The drama switches between the visceral horror of war and their increasingly passionate, yet ultimately tragic love affair.

'Lambert and Gschwendtner movingly embody the emotional costs of war' The Stage ★★★★

They play people whose love is irreversibly affected by unfolding events, in this intense portrayal of the emotional and psychological effects of life during wartime. See a short trailer at

‘Susanne Gschwendtner is superb as the troubled nurse and Lambert gives an exhausting, powerful performance as the soldier, a true tour-de-force. This is compelling theatre that delivers a potent message.’ British Theatre Guide ★★★★

Founded in 1999, this is Badac’s 11th original production. Their work focuses on human rights issues and is brave, dark, all-consuming and stunning in every meaning of the word. It provokes extreme reactions and polarises critics and audiences alike. Some find its brutality intensely moving and affecting, some leave, shocked and shaken. After their 2013 show Anna many audience members stayed to debate the themes and subject matter of the play (about murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya) with the cast. In recent years they have collaborated on productions with politically motivated theatre companies in Italy, Israel, Palestine and Denmark. Other past Badac shows include The Factory, The Cry, Crucifixion, Ashes To Ashes, The Devoured, Cage, Lunatics and Al Nakba. Celebrity fans include Steven Berkhoff who said 'The power of their work is extremely rare’.

‘Frontline theatre in a war for truth’ ★★★★ Exeunt (Anna)

‘Badac are one of British Theatre’s best kept secrets’ Battersea Arts Centre.

When you go to the booking screen you’ll see a list of payment options ranging from £0 (yes, free!) to £15. Any one of these will get you a ticket, and there’s no catches! We want everyone, whatever your income, to have the chance to see some really groundbreaking new work.

Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.

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