Flood by James Phillips

One day it starts to rain and no-one knows why. And it doesn’t stop. Far out on the North Sea a fisherman raises a girl in his net, miraculously alive from the deep sea. Is she one of the migrants now washing up on the English shores? Or someone sent for some higher purpose?

Commissioned by Hull City of Culture 2017 this epic and extraordinary collaboration between James Phillips and Slung Low is the culmination of a year-long project. This epic tale, told in four parts was performed by a professional cast along-side 100 Hull 2017 volunteers who formed the community casts in the live performances of Flood. To find out more about this project, watch making of videos, view photos and hear testimonials from the people involved click here.

They know it’s an old dream they’re presenting, but they do so with such profound commitment that by the end I wasn’t just gripped, or absorbed, but humbled. Maddy Costa, Exeunt. To read the whole review click here.

Flood is of course extraordinary. Moved, troubled, enthralled and amazed.

Erica Whyman


I’ve never seen anything like it. I don’t think I breathed the entire way through.

Audience member


There aren't enough superlatives for Flood
Stunning, thought provoking, haunting. Brilliant

Ian Lancaster


Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of the fantastic team who made and performed Flood.  I have enjoyed every minute and I keep getting a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I realise it is over.  It has been a wonderful and miraculous experience for me - I've loved it all!

Yvonne Oliver Community Cast Member