David Finnigan is a writer and theatre-maker from Ngunawal country, Australia.

David writes plays, creates performances and develops games at the intersection of science and art.

He is a Churchill Fellow (2012), an Australia Council Early Career Fellow (2014-16) and winner of the 2017 Griffin Playwrights Award for Kill Climate Deniers.

David uses narrative, design and gaming to model complex systems and possible futures. Read a breakdown of his practice and how he works with scientists and researchers.

David is a member of Australian science-theatre ensemble Boho, and an associate of interactive theatre company Coney (UK) and site-specific performance-ensemble Sipat Lawin (Philippines).

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Break Into The Aquarium – A solo performance exploring the future of nature and rewilding through an illegal participatory raid on an aquarium. Commissioned by Nesta for FutureFest 2020.

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?

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 in the Philippines. Created with Too Many Weapons and the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.

Foreignoy – Performance. A Pinoy pop song mash-up for Filipino TV segment ‘You’re My Foreignoy’. Created with Sipat Lawin.

Pics by Leanne Dixon, Jordan Prosser and Sarah Walker.