Influenced by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, La Mer (The Sea) is a comedy that begins tragically. The plot takes place in a tiny sea-village – controlled by the strict Mrs. Rafi – in Suffolk in the early 20th century. When a violent storm wrecks the boat that Willy and Colin were on to save Coli, Willy shouts for help when he sees the town’s draper Mr. Hatch near the beach. Mr. Hatch refuses to help them, convinced that they are extraterrestrial beings sent to spy on the little town. The plot becomes complex and tangled – an allusion to our own chaotic lives, ending with an incomplete message of hope and renewal – a way in which the author, Edward Bond, suggests positive change despite turmoil.