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.

Composer: Oliver Coates
Director: Josh Armstrong
Performed by: The Ragazze Quartet
Costume & Set Design:
Christophe Coppens
Lighting Designer: Nich Smith

Premiered 2017 at Operadagen, Rotterdam.

A Cryptic / Ragzazze Quartet Co-Commission, in partnership with deSingel (Belgium) and Grand Theatre Groningen (Netherlands), produced by Cryptic.

Supported by: Fast Forward – Fonds Podiumkunsten, Performing Arts Fund NL; Creative Scotland; PRS for Music Foundation; The Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands; Eduard van Beinum Stichting (EVBS) & The Hinrichsen Foundation.