Royal Court International Climate Residency Writers Announced for Edinburgh International Festival 2019

Published on Wed 19 Jun 2019

The Royal Court Theatre returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a major new residency that will culminate in a week of lunchtime performances of new short plays written by some of the most significant international new voices. The five writers from Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Syria will share urgent perspectives from across the world on the global climate crisis through plays specially commissioned to premiere at the Festival. Each reading is open to the public.

The International Climate Crisis Residency will take place Tuesday 13 August – Saturday 17 August 2019 each day at 12 noon in the Festival Theatre Studio in Edinburgh.

Tue 13 Aug This Liquid Earth: A Eulogy in Verse by Amy Jeptha (South Africa)

Wed 14 Aug The Abyss by Ghiath Mhithawi (Syria)

Thu 15 Aug Ocean Hotpot by Chen Si’an (China)

Fri 16 Aug Climate Crisis Killjoy Quiz by Luanda Casella (Brazil)

Sat 17 Aug Akhrot by Swati Simha (India)


As part of the Climate Crisis Residency, the writers will spend two weeks forging new relationships with other international artists in Edinburgh and collaborators from across the UK. Taking part in the You Are Here strand of work, including The Departure Lounge project.

You Are Here is a programme of 14 main-stage performances across theatre, dance and music, featuring artists from around the world; a selection of in-depth professional development and community engagement projects; and unveils The Departure Lounge, a series of readings, discussions, informal performances and dinners.

Each artist’s residency will also involve a visit to another partner organisation across the UK, who has supported the development of their work. These include HighTide Festival, Leeds Playhouse, Live Theatre in Newcastle and the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester.

This project is curated in partnership with and supported by the British Council.

For more information, visit the event page. 

Read the full press release here.