Shorelines

“Radiohead’s secret weapon” FACT (UK) on Oliver Coates

When the North Sea flooded in 1953, it swept away lives and homes in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Drawing from the tape-recorded memoir of a woman who lost everything to the flood, Shorelines – directed by Josh Armstrong – is a music-theatre work exploring the aftermath and effects of the disaster, as well as mankind’s increasingly vexed relationship with the natural world. Composed by Oliver Coates (London-based winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011) and performed by the Ragazze Quartet, Shorelines sees performers interact with ghostly recordings of themselves, while acting out the constantly shifting tug of war between the current and the remembered, between man and nature.

“The playing of the wittily named all-female Ragazze Quartet is fresh, light in texture, nimble and… always spirited” The Guardian (UK)