Matt Grinter's Orca is a play about the pressure to conform, as a girl in an isolated fishing community tries to prevent the enactment of a devastating ritual. The play was the winner of the 2016 Papatango New Writing Prize and was first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 2 November 2016.
The play is set amongst a fishing community on a remote island. Each year, the community re-enacts an ancient legend in which a young girl gave her life to a killer whale in order to save the community. This year, eighteen-year-old Maggie, a carpenter’s child who has previously played the symbolic role of the Daughter in the annual pageant, desperately tries to stop her younger sister, Fan, from following in her footsteps.
The premiere production was directed by Alice Hamilton and designed by Frankie Bradshaw. It was performed by Carla Langley (as Fan), Rona Morison (as Maggie), Simon Gregor, Ellie Turner and Aden Gillett.