In the waking hours, before light and after dark, before love but after pain…lies truth. Where a land of secrets meets Atlantic waves, three generations shout their anger into the reflective sea.
Based on the author’s own short story Whispers on the Sand, Waking was set in Ireland as a man reluctantly goes home with his young son, only to encounter a strange young woman who brings confusion and emotional turmoil. Soon it becomes clear that at the very moment of crisis, reconciliation is the only sensible path to take.
This powerful production for teenage audiences toured schools.
Lin Coghlan was a writer-in-residence at the young people’s company in the late 1980s when Half Moon Theatre was on the Mile End Road. She returned to Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in the 1990s to write Waking, a play which explored the relationships of three male generations. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.
David Belshaw was Theatre Team Director at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in the 1990s. He talks about Waking, a play created with Lin Coghlan for teenage audiences. Set on the West coast of Ireland, the play explored death from a male perspective and went on to be the inaugural production at the new Soho Theatre in Dean Street. Interviewed by Rio Puffett.