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Royal Court presents Day of Action on Climate Change

2071ROYAL COURT PRESENTS DAY OF ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE ON 15 NOVEMBER AROUND 2071

A DAY OF TALKS, PERFORMANCES, DEBATES AND WORKSHOPS

KATIE MITCHELL COLLABORATES WITH WRITER DUNCAN MACMILLAN AND SCIENTIST CHRIS RAPLEY ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN 2071

On Saturday 15 November 2014 the Royal Court will host a ‘Day of Action’ on Climate Change as part of The Big Idea. Taking over the theatre spaces, the bar and the bookshop, climatologists, environmentalists and other experts will be offering up practical advice on how we might tackle climate change as artists, audiences and human beings. The activities will look at climate change in relation to professional, public and personal lives through interactive workshops, group therapy and debates.

Either side of the matinee showing of 2071 the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs will host two panel discussions. The first panel, ‘Can Business Ever be Green?’ will be made up of Simon Graham, Environmental Strategist at Commercial Group, one of the biggest independent companies in the UK; Olivier Lawder, Creative Planner at Futerra, working to deliver sustainability campaigns and Daniel Turner, Head of Disclosure at Carbon Disclosure Project. It will seek to discover if and how businesses can operate commercially whilst lowering their carbon emissions. Following the matinee of 2071 established theatre makers, production managers and designers will form a panel to discuss ‘Can Theatre Ever be Green?’ analysing the responsibility to climate change in their work and discussing more environmentally friendly ways of producing theatre.

Together with the panel discussions there will be four seminars throughout the day in The Site, all from experts in their fields. The Climate Psychology Alliance will present an interactive workshop to help audiences come to terms with psychological responses to Climate Change, exploring the guilt and ambivalence we feel and the dilemmas we face around the subject. Transition Network who lead community projects in food, transport, energy, education, housing and arts as small scale responses to the global challenge of climate change will give a seminar on their recent work. Afro Retro specialists in hand crafted goods will bring a workshop in up-cycling our clothing and Caralampo Focas, Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit, delivers a session on transport sustainability.

Throughout the day the Balcony Bar will be taken over by Climate Consultants Jane Orton and Tony Wragg from Carbon Conversations, providing bespoke one-on-one 15 minute sessions designed to work out your carbon footprint and what you can do about it.

The Bar & Kitchen, open all day from 10.30am for food, drinks, tea, cakes and cocktails, also becomes home to twelve 10 line plays written by under 14 year olds. Also part of the programme is Landscapes, a series of short audio plays from some of the Royal Court’s International writers living in countries affected by climate change. Specially commissioned by the international department Landscapes can be listened to for free via headsets in the Balcony Bar. Writers include Abhishek Majumdar and Akash Mohimen from India, Zhao Binghao from China and Yaroslava Pulinovich from Russia whose play has been translated by Rory Mullarkey.

Computer stations will be available in the Bookshop enabling you to lobby your local MPs, sign petitions and make your voice heard on the day.

As part of the Big Idea around 2071 there will also be a post-show talk on 11 November in which Duncan Macmillan, Katie Mitchell and Chris Rapley will discuss the production and the processes behind it.

The Big Idea: 2071
The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage.

Duncan Macmillan, Katie Mitchell and Chris Rapley in conversation
Tuesday 11 November, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance

Royal Court: Hamburg
2071 by Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley, directed by Katie Mitchell will play at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg for six performances.

17-18 December 2014; 29-30 January 2015; 18-19 February 2015
http://www.schauspielhaus.de/

Further information and tickets from http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/

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