"A study of rancid domesticity that's also an apocalyptic vision of environmental meltdown." –Evening Standard
"[Oikos] successfully incorporates live action and film, to convey a sense of watery engulfment." –Guardian
"Oikos by Simon Wu is an ambitious piece tackling the pressing issue of climate change." –Financial Times
The Oikos Project and the two plays Oikos and Protozoa are an attempt to take responsibility for creating a different future in relation to the coming threat of climate change. Can we createa future based less on material gain and more on being in sympathy with our only planet?
Salil, a highly-successful businessman, has it all worked out: career, family, river-view des-res in Chiswick and a beautiful mistress. So why is he increasingly haunted by ghosts from the Old Country? When the Thames bursts its banks and his family scramble to keep their heads above water, the very foundations of his perfect life are threatened and Salil is forced to look to both his future and his past for redemption.
When the United Kingdom disappears in The Floods, Cordelia is determined to rebuild her grand house at any cost. When Sheann emerges half dead from the black waters, she will do anything to find her lost child. In this strange, formless new world, Inspector John Hall, born again out of the mud and slurry, will stop at nothing to ensure the survival of his citizens. If civilization was to disappear tomorrow, how would we rebuild it? As Cordelia, Sheann and Hall’s lives collide in a volatile, repressive and increasingly familiar world, who are the women on the other side of the shrinking, fetid river who watch and wait?
Kay Adshead is a poet, playwright and theatre maker. In 1999 with Lucinda Gane she co-founded award-winning theatre company Mama Quilla, producing: The Bogus Woman (Fringe First, Adelaide Fringe Sensation Award, M.E.N. award for best actress, nominated for an E.M.M.A and Susan Smith Blackburn Award.) at the Traverse and the Bush; Bites, the Bush (nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Award); and Bones at the Haymarket Leicester and the Bush. All plays have subsequently been produced internationally. Ongoing projects include Acts Of Defiance and Working Girls. She has written over twenty-five plays, including Thatcher’s Women for Paines Plough at the Tricycle, (nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); Bacillus for the Royal Court; Animal for Soho Theatre Company (nominated for Encore Best Play of Year); and Lady Chill for the RNT. Recently she contributed to Thatcherwrite for Theatre503 and wrote Happy Ending for Natural Shocks. She lives between London, and Houston Texas.