The Jericho House presents a promenade production composed entirely of accounts provided by both survivors and those responsible for the failed relief effort following the hurricane which destroyed the City of New Orleans in August 2005.
Shedding light on some of the more extraordinary and under-reported aspects of the situation, Katrina is written and directed by Jonathan Holmes.
The newly composed score and immersive sound design, featuring indigenous New Orleans music, is by Peter Readman and Peter Nash.
August 2005 saw one of the worst natural disasters hit the United States as Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Katrina tells the stories of the survivors in the immediate aftermath through music and verbatim testimony.
In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina narrowly missed New Orleans. The resulting storms breached rotting levees and emptied neighbouring Lake Pontchartrain into the city. Marooned by floodwater that swamped over 80% of their homes, the inhabitants had to wait a week without food or clean water before their own government came to their aid.
Katrina uses survivor testimonies and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans to tell the story of the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Staged in a five-storey warehouse on the South Bank, Jericho House's new play takes the audience on an odyssey through a drowned city, enveloped in the most immersive of visual and aural designs, in the company of individuals displaced and abandoned within their own city.