DOI: 10.5040/9781408161654.00000004
Acts: 2. Scenes: 8. Roles: Male (5) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

The globe is flooded into a surreal and empty landscape on which five people drift, trying to find ways to love each other.

The play opens with Hetty, frozen in the bathroom, desperate to wash her hands. Her husband Leo and a medical student called Neil are trying to help her with her anxiety about cleanliness, which keeps her and Leo prisoner in their house. When Leo and Neil pull up the roots of a tree in their garden, they discover a rising underwater lake, which wells up and submerges the whole world. They meet Jo, who is tangled up in the pain of Neil’s past, and Alex, a fifteen-year-old who was on holiday in Greenland.

Rafts and Dreams is a shining play, hopeful and despairing, of stranded humanity, a domestic drama adrift on an endless sea. It opened in 1990 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London.

From Rafts and Dreams & Outside the Whale


Bloomsbury Publishing

Robert Holman

ISBN: 9780413655707

Series: Modern Plays

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