In Passing Tides, by Louise Mulvey and starring Kellie Bright and Barbara Marten, two women meet on a deserted winter beach and their stories half concealed by the fog of feelings, perspective, and time are revealed.
Passing Tides is set in Winter on a small beach in Arnside, an estuary where the tide comes in 'faster than a galloping horse'.
Two women, chased by their own ghosts, meet.
Their conversation reveals a history that has more in common than either expected which jolts them out of their familiar suffering and opens up new possibilities.
Stella, in her 20s, gets out of her car and steps onto a beach.
She realises she has no idea why she has come here.
Her urge to escape is so strong that it propels her to a freezing cold beach off season, covered in fog.
She has an idea in her head of how it would be to be free, but every time she sets off, she finds herself in dingy places, still alone and unhappy.
Caroline is in her late 40s, and has dragged herself onto the beach to escape her husband's endless renovation of their B&B.
She passes Stella doing Tai Chi on the beach, Caroline wonders why on earth she is here, alone in the middle of winter.
She tries to ignore her and heads for her beach hut, to her stash of gin and trashy novels.
But then Stella gets caught by the fast incoming tide and starts slipping into the quicksand, Caroline has to help.
Louise Mulvey is an exciting, emerging talent in the North West with a distinctive and original voice.
She was runner-up in the 2001 MANCHESTER Poetry Festival competition.
Her first stage play In the Library was recently produced by Wise Monkey Theatre.