TNT Theatre Britain presents:


by Morton Rhue (own name Todd Strasser)
adapted by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith
directed by Paul Stebbings
music by John Kenny

The title of our performace is not coincidental - it has been chosen with regard of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. The company is delighted to announce that we have the first rights to produce a dramatization in English of this modern classic.

THE WAVE strikes a chord in our troubled times, exploring as it does the rise of fascism without ever sinking to polemic or delivering easy answers. The book is based on a true story: in 1969 in Palo Alta in California a history teacher Ron Jones embarked on an experiment to educate his young and rather naive students about the rise of the Nazi party. He founded a movement in the school called the Wave, with himself as unquestioned leader.

His purpose was to explain the attractions of a disciplined mass movement that bound its members together in harmony. But even as the Wave took off and spread throughout the whole school, its darker side became apparent and the experiment ended in disaster. The book and play explore why this happened and what can be learnt from this today when our own political and social certainties are being questioned just as they were in the 1930's.

THE WAVE also demonstrates that such a movement can take root and flourish anywhere, even in as free thinking and individualist a place as 1960's California. THE WAVE's success is based on its powerful and exciting story telling as well as its themes. It evokes the familiar world of High School USA, the football hunks, the geeks, the bright eyed cheer leaders, apple pie Moms, golfing Dads and of course the rock and roll that played as Vietnam burned and the ghettos rioted.

Our production will draw on this dense and familiar culture creating contrasts that illuminate and hopefully thrill at the same time. As always the company aims to produce accessible and entertaining theatre that explores serious themes and combines drama, live music and striking visual imagery. The production appeals to young and old alike and should be accessible to anyone from the age of years upwards.

The play is directed by Paul Stebbings (who also write the adaptation with Phil Smith). Paul's many productions for TNT and ADGE include: BRAVE NEW WORLD, MACBETH, HAMLET, MOON PALACE, OLIVER TWIST and ONE LANGUAGE MANY VOICES. He has recently been awarded the decoration of MBE from HM the Queen for services to British culture.

The musical score is composed by John Kenny, professor at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music in London and a world renowned trombonist, educator and performer. Choreography and assistant director is Eric Tessier-Lavigne and the producer is Grantly Marshall. This team has been working together across the globe for decades and look forward to bring this extraordinary and deeply relevant theatrical event to the stage.

Have a look at the performance video trailer

The Cast:
Ben Ross, the teacherAdam Pelta-Pauls
LaurieLauren Austin
DavidWilliam Douglas
RobertOliver Kennedy
EricJohn Fairclough
other roles played by the ensemble

Adam Pelta-PaulsAdam Pelta-Pauls originally hails from the United States, where he graduated from Gettysburg College. He recently moved to Cardiff, Wales, completing a Master degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He´s been acting since the age of nine, and has performed roles more recently in such shows as THE CHILDREN´S HOUR, LAST OF THE REDHOT LOVERS and ROMEO AND JULIET. He is proud to dedicate his work in THE WAVE to his grandparents, Babcia and Sam Pelta.

Lauren AustinLauren Austin was trained at The Musical Theatre Academy in London, where she lives. Theatre includes: Nadjira in THE APPLE TREE (All Star Productions), SWING FOR THE DISNEY MAGIC (Disney Cruise Line), Kitty in DICK WHITTINGEN (Stage and Production House), Gypsy in CARMEN (Impact Opera, Buxton Opera House), Talia in PIERCED (The Landor Theatre), Chiffon in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Adam Boland, Catford Broadway Theatre), Ensemble in THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS (Criterion Theatre, Perfect Pitch). She looks forward to the opportunity of touring internationally with TNT, especially on such a moving piece as THE WAVE.

William DouglasWilliam Douglas trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is delighted to be joining TNT for this tour of THE WAVE. Theatre includes TWELFTH NIGHT (White Bear Theatre), JUMPY, LOVE & INFORMATION, EASY VIRTUE (RCSSD), UNDER MILK WOOD (Live Radio Company), WEST SIDE STORY (Aberystwyth Arts Centre). Short film include LUCKY CHARM, IN THE LATERN and BROKEN GLASSES.

Oliver KennedyOliver Kennedy graduated from ALRA in 2013 where he won the Sir Alec Guinnes Memorial Award. Whilst training Oliver played the lead roles of Alexander in Helen Edmunson´s CORAM BOY. Oliver landed his first film role BIRDHOUSE with the NFTS before leaving drama school. Shortly after he was cast as Elliot in THE GOOB which won Le Hitchcock D´Or for Best Film at Dinard Film Festival and has subsequently appeared at Venice, Stockholm and London film festivals. For his portrayal of Elliot in THE GOOB he was nominated for the "Queer Lion Award" at Venice film festival. Since then he has worked on numerous short films, music videos and also can currently be seen on BBC in a promo for their upcoming coverage of WW1.

John FaircloughJohn Fairclough is a London based actor experienced in both stage and screen who has gone from strength to strength, most recently staring in a Sony Music production for Ella Henderson Ghost (switch remix) and then went on to star in his debut feature THE RETURN screened at the soho curzo cinema. His stage performances have been, OREGON in TARTUFFE and Brinsley in Peter Shaffer’s BLACK COMEDY, INSPECTOR JACK SIMMONDS IN PERFECT MURDER, Hugh Janes,

Expected lenght:
1. act 55 min
interval 15 min
2. act 50 min
total 2 hours

We had the honor to meet personally Mr. Mark Hancock, an original Third Wave student from 1967 at Elwood P. Cubberley Senior High School in Palo Alto, California: