Written and performed by Heather Marie Annis and Michael Gordon Spence with Muhaddisah, Andrew Soutter, and Trisha Talreja
Directed by Jacquie P.A. Thomas
Water is the source.
It is our primary need.
The essence of life.
It covers almost three quarters of the planet, yet its mystery and magnificence remain almost entirely unexplored. While we are inexplicably drawn to the water, our oceans depths are guarded by conditions that make space travel seem trivial by comparison. Inspired by the true account of the first underwater explorers to make it to Challenger Deep, 11 km straight down, WaterFall is the story of a team of scientists who endeavour to be among the very few who have braved the deepest place on earth.
WaterFall examines our complex and poetic relationship with the water – the magical molecule, the stuff of life, the source of everything, including our stories. There has never been life on land without life in the water. Yet the water on our planet, key to virtually every living system, is under threat.
This devised work has been collectively written by the ensemble to unlock our longings, misunderstandings, and fears about what is hidden beneath the surface. Science and mythology are interwoven with Gargantua’s signature mix of theatre, technology, and live music in this imagistic piece that dives into the depths of this most essential of elements.