This Changes Everything
A play by Joel Horwood
A group of young women have mysteriously disappeared and the police can’t find them anywhere. Before vanishing, few of the girls had known each other, but they’d met online, brought together by their shared disillusionment with society; with the negatives of Capitalism, the inequities bred by exponential growth, with a culture failing to engage with the causes or impact of climate change. Unbeknownst to the authorities, or even their families, these girls have relocated to an isolated platform out in the sea. Their plan: to conceive a whole new and better way of creating a society. They call themselves The Community and when ready, they plan to come out of hiding and share what they have learned.
After an extraordinary level of investigation, three friends, Alva, Kim, and Klara have uncovered the location of The Community and, having finally made it to the platform, they want to join. But The Community they arrive into is one in which the cracks are already beginning to show. A founder member, Hanne, has abruptly abandoned the group, and the sense of discomfort created by her departure is only exacerbated when a new leadership model is introduced. When bad news arrives from the mainland, The Community seems forced to renege on more and more of its founding principles while becoming increasingly inward-looking. The three new arrivals, along with the more established members of group have a choice about the direction their experiment will take. But can you really change the world if you’ve taken yourself out of it?