The Shorewatchers' House by Judy Upton is a violent and passionate love story set by the sea. A nuclear power station looms on the horizon. Three lovers obsessed by fear of destruction play out their fantasies of breaking free.
Brigida is married to Conrad. However, she still loves her childhood sweetheart Nik, who is also Conrad's best friend. This love-triangle is stretched to its limit when Brigida seeks an escape from their house on the shore overlooking the nuclear power station where Conrad works.
For Brigida, Nik represents purity and a lost childhood innocence for which she now yearns. This idealistic purity conflicts with the threat of contamination: the fear of nuclear contamination from the plant, and the contamination of violence which is now the only way that Conrad can satisfy his passions.
Conrad has an affair with an anti-nuclear protestor, Milenka, whose child-like innocence is undercut with a brutal eagerness to fight Conrad when the demonstration starts at the plant.
The Shorewatchers' House was performed at the Red Room, Kentish Town, London. The venue no longer exists.
photo: courtesy Judy Upton's website