From the 2018 Griffin Theatre production. Pic by Brett Boardman.
I’m really excited to announce that there will be six new productions of Kill Climate Deniers this year, in six different cities.
Sydney University Drama Society – 11-21 March, Sydney
Monash University Student Theatre – 26 May – 6 June, Melbourne
io Productions – 22 July – 1 Aug, Launceston, Tasmania
Canal Cafe Theatre – October, London
Švandovo divadlo – July-December, Prague
Canberra (secret) – July, Canberra
These are all badass companies and makers and I’m excited about each and every one of them. If you’re in any of these cities: GO CHECK IT OUT.
It’s hard for me to judge, but six new shows feels like a lot – it’s certainly more productions of a new script than I’ve ever had before.
As much as I want to claim all the credit for having written a brilliant play*, it seems to me that this burst of new productions is a consequence of 2020. Everything caught fire. My parents nearly lost their home. We were treated to the pathetic performance of politicians gleefully shilling for fossil fuel interests even as thousands of people (my best friends!) were evacuating from their homes. We are staring down the sheer nihilism of a political system willing to condemn future generations to an uncertain existence on a degraded biosphere.
Fuck those guys. I’ve never felt it more urgently and fiercely.
Theatre, of course, doesn’t change the world. Theatre can’t even change people’s minds. (This show, I promise, is not ‘reaching across the aisle’ to convert anyone.) But what theatre can do is gather a group of people together in a room and provide space to reflect and share. And that’s not nothing.
In conversations with the six companies producing the show, each of them has expressed that producing this play is not just about the end result on stage – it’s also about the conversations they’re having in rehearsals, the fundraisers they’re holding for climate charities, the activism they’re undertaking alongside the work… It feels like putting on this show is an excuse for organising and gathering forces, making good things happen in the world.
So I’m excited and proud and excited and scared and excited.
*I’m very proud of the script, I won’t lie
Are You Ready? pic by Sarah Walker
I just landed back in London after a month away working in the Philippines with my true loves the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, on our grand action-musical Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands? We did a beautiful sold-out season in Melbourne, with some great reviews and a really lovely response from the Filipino community.
Now back in London, and getting ready for four things:
Break Into The Aquarium
FutureFest, Fri 20 March
A brand new interactive show in which the audience carry out a heist on a major cultural institution. A deep dive into the world of rewilding and the future of ecology.
Thinking Bigly: A Guide To Saving The World
Theatre Deli, Thurs 26 March
The latest performance of Ben Yeoh and my performance-lecture about climate solutions. Sadly sold out, but keep an eye out for late release tickets.
You’re Safe Til 2024: Deep History
Theatre Deli, Wednes 1 April
The second episode of YST24, combining a deep history tale of the last 75,000 years of human history with a minute-by-minute tale of my hometown over new years eve three months ago.
This is a shock to our globally connected social-economic system, and as a freelance playwright and performer, it’s already taking its toll. But we’re gonna get through this, and I’m determined to not be caught off guard by it. So it’s a good time to do some scenario planning and think through some possible outcomes.
My Thinking Bigly colleague Ben Yeoh has written an interesting post with reflections from his perspective in the health/investment landscape.
I’m enjoying biologist Ian Mackay’s Virology Down Under blog on the topic.
And this NYTimes piece made me want to send a bunch of flowers and a thank you card to every single person in Wuhan. The hell those guys went through to buy us those eight weeks – much love, much love.
One final shot from AUR – this one c/o Brandon Relucio – just purely for my look of bemusement at JK’s outfit here