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I’m a writer and theatre-maker from Canberra, Australia.
I write plays, create performances and develop games at the intersection of science and art.
I use narrative, design and gaming to model complex systems and possible futures. Read a breakdown of my practice and how I work with scientists and researchers.
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You’re Safe Til 2024 – A large-scale project about planetary transformation. Musician Reuben Ingall and I are creating six new plays over six years, from 2019 – 2024. Each play looks at a different aspect of climate and global change. The series culminates in an 8-hour spectacular in the year 2024.
Kill Climate Deniers – Playscript, album (with Reuben Ingall) and walking tour. What happens when the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics?
Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands? – A high-octane Filipino pop musical about a group of fans on a mission to save their idol. Created with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.
44 Sex Acts In One Week – A romantic comedy about ecological collapse. Writer Celina Valderrama is given one week to review a book entitled ‘The 44 Sex Acts That Will Change Your Life’. Unfortunately, the only partner she can find is her nemesis, animal activist Alab Delusa. As the two reluctant lovers take a journey through the landscape of kink, will their mutual hatred turn into something more?
Break Into The Aquarium – A solo performance exploring the future of nature and rewilding through an illegal participatory raid on an aquarium. This show does not endose criminal activity (but it does, it does, it does).
Thinking Bigly – With Ben Yeoh. An anti-TED talk about sustainability and how you, finance and policy can be part of the solution. What reasons do we have to be hopeful in the current crisis moment?
CrimeForce: LoveTeam – In the future, everyone will murder a boy band member. Interactive performance using the tools of Futures Studies and scenario thinking to explore the future of pop music and criminal justice. Created with Jordan Prosser.
Get The Kids And Run – Interactive games / workshop. Players take on the role of managing a small town in the lead up to a volcano or typhoon crisis. Created with Boho for the Earth Observatory Singapore.
Finance System games – A set of games exploring the impact of climate change on the finance sector. Created with Coney.
Best Festival Ever: How To Manage A Disaster – Interactive performance. Audiences explore concepts from complex systems science and resilience thinking through managing their own music festival. Created with Boho.
Gobyerno (Government) – Interactive performance / workshop. Over two hours, audiences create an original documentary about their ideal society. Created with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.
95 Years or Less – Interactive performance / workshop. Audiences explore the challenges facing an NGO trying to restore an Indonesian rainforest over 95 years. Created with Coney / Boho for Forum for the Future.
Kids Killing Kids – Documentary theatre performance. Follows the making of and backlash to Sipat Lawin’s 2012 production of Battalia Royale project in the Philippines. Created with Too Many Weapons and the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.
Foreignoy – Performance. My Pinoy pop song mash-up for Filipino TV segment ‘You’re My Foreignoy’. Created with Sipat Lawin.
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Much of the activity on this website happens in the blog – check there to see what’s new and upcoming, or for my reflections on the creative process / the oddball international arts / science community.
Most of my playscripts are available on this website to download – and are free to stage. Check out the Scripts page, and drop me a line if you’re interested in producing one.
The Writings page includes links to some of my published essays and writings, as well as a few of my more popular blog posts.
If you have a proposal for me that might make my life more interesting, feel free to get in touch.
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