Climate Change Theatre Action

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street Exeter

£5.00 Advance

Join us and be part of an biannual global event: an evening of short play readings that encounter our changing climate in unexpected ways. Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays specially commissioned to coincide with the United Nations climate change meetings.

For the 2021 event, 50 playwrights were asked to write 5-minute plays inspired by the Green New Deal and its global equivalents. We encouraged them to show us what their dream future looks like – and how we might get there.

The writers hail from Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Uganda, the UK, and the US, and represent several Indigenous Nations.

What might a sustainable and decarbonised society look like? What is the concept of a Green New Deal? And could this become reality

Climate scientists and meteorologists from the University of Exeter and the MET Office have accepted the challenge of reading these plays, introduced by Dr Evelyn O’Malley from the University of Exeter’s Drama Department.

Audience members will be invited to join in the conversation, which is held in partnership with Climate Change Theatre Action and the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter.

Please note the date and location of this event has changed from 2 December in Lyme Regis to 9 December in Exeter.


Evelyn O’Malley

University of Exeter

Her research concerns weather and climate in theatre and performance. Current projects include looking at Shakespeare in the weather, ecology and Shakespeare in contemporary performance, performing weathering, and climate-change in the theatre. She is completing a monograph, Weathering Shakespeare: audiences and outdoor performance, which is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic’s Environmental Cultures series and, with Randall Martin. She is also co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project, Atmospheric Theatre: Open-Air Performance and the Environment which investigates how attending an open-air dramatic performance might influence playgoers’ awareness of their arial environment.