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The Great Wave plays at the National Theatre

The National Theatre hosts a new play set in Japan and North Korea. Related talks include an introduction to the book produced as part of a British Council project in North Korea.

The Great Wave

A new play by Francis Turnly | co-production with the Tricycle Theatre
10 March – 14 April
Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre
Tickets £25 – £40 | Buy tickets

The Great Wave

An epic new thriller.

On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

Set in Japan and North Korea, Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller The Great Wave is directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.

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(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

One thought on “The Great Wave plays at the National Theatre

    • PG: Has anyone been to see The Great Wave? I enjoyed the first half and if there hadn’t been an interval I would have been happy to stay to the end. But with the interval I couldn’t see the thing ending before 10pm and I couldn’t see myself getting enough out of the second half to justify such a late night. So what did I miss? (7 April)
    • YS: Oh, such a shame. The second half was way more interesting than the first half. It was a wonderful show! (8 April)
    • PT: I really enjoyed the second half too. And the denouement was very moving. (8 April)
    • YS: It was! I am Korean and heard of this kind of story a lot. But still it was still a shock that I felt my body physically aching watching the show… (8 April)
    • AJ: I finally got to see it and very glad I did. It’s sold out until last night on Sat 14th, but I had no problem getting a £15 day seat by going to the box office at 9.30am. The second half has some truly heartbreaking moments as characters fall foul of the regime and are faced with impossible decisions. And it conveys well the exasperating politics that sidelined the families of abductees for so long. There is a bittersweet twist to the tale that makes it a deeply moving theatrical experience. (11 April)
    • MU: Was there tonight – and it does end just before ten o’clock! And I absolutely endorse all the other favourable comments. Totally worth seeing – to the end! (11 April)

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