In Pre Production, Break Break Break is the result of a collaboration between Christianne Palmer and Ruth Platt. Ruth and Chris came up with the story together and the Ruth wrote the script, the central character, Gabriel, inspired and informed by Chris's own teenage son, Archie, who has severe and non verbal autism, and who loves to surf. In Break Break Break, Leah, a young woman returns home after the death of her father, to find her mother, now the sole carer of her teenage autistic brother, is unwell. Leah is forced back into the family she has tried to escape as she tries to find solutions to their care, trying to distance herself as much as she can until events force her to realise her hidden demons. Painful and sometimes sharply funny, Break Break Break takes place against the backdrop of a beautiful winter coastal landscape.
“Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.
O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!
And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!
Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.”
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson