Theatre and Climate Change

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A one-day symposium at the University of Oxford, exploring contemporary theatre's engagement with climate change.

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About this Event

Contemporary theatre is increasingly immersed in the issue of climate change. From Extinction Rebellion's performance protests and public productions of the Earth Ensemble playwrights' work, through to the the Old Vic's 2019 production of Duncan Macmillan's Lungs and the Donmar Warehouse's new production of Steve Waters's The Contingency Plan, theatre's engagement with climate change stretches from the fringes to the mainstream, from civic disobedience to the institutionalised.

This one-day symposium, hosted at the University of Oxford, explores contemporary theatre's engagement with climate change, featuring a roundtable discussion by Earth Ensemble (Extinction Rebellion) playwrights April de Angelis, Rebecca Boey, and John Farndon, alongside performances of their work and academic discussion. Full schedule included below.

A vegetarian and vegan lunch will be provided.

There is no attendance fee, but guest MUST register their attendance. We will have a waitlist operating should we exceed our venue's capacity, so please do cancel your registration should you no longer be able to attend.

Please get in touch with the organiser, Dr Hannah Simpson, at, if you have any access or dietary requirements.

This is a TORCH Theatre and Performance Network event.


Theatre and Climate Change

Saturday 7th March, 2020

A TORCH Theatre & Performance Network event

Location: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Radcliffe Humanities building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

9.30-10 am Registration

10 am Welcome

10.15 am Earth Ensemble playwrights’ roundtable discussion: April de Angelis, Rebecca Boey, and John Farndon

Rebecca Boey is a playwright, actor, and filmmaker. She is a graduate of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme, and is currently a member of the BBC Writers’ Room London Voices group and the Earth Ensemble playwrights’ group. She has worked with Arcola Theatre and the National Theatre.

April de Angelis is a playwright and member of the Earth Ensemble playwrights’ group. Her work has been performed at the Young Vic, the Royal Court, and the National Theatre, and by Paine Plough, Out of Joint, and the Royal Shakespeare companies.

John Farndon is a playwright, composer, and science writer, as well as a member of the Earth Ensemble playwrights’ group. His plays have been performed at the Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida Theatre, and Pleasance Edinburgh.

10.45 am Performance excerpts

An Apology, Rebecca Boey

Plane Truth, April de Angelis

The Silence Ends, John Farndon

Paper Cranes, John Farndon

11.15 am Roundtable Q&A and group conversation

11.45 pm Theatre of the Oppressed demonstration

12.30 pm Lunch

1.15 pm Academic panel and Q&A


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