Open Court: Climate Emergency

Whatever it is, we’re in it

Curated by Chris Thorpe

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Fri 27 Mar 2020

A first public sharing of text and live music from writer and performer Chris Thorpe’s The Methuen Drama Royal Court Theatre Climate Commission. The commission is a new environmental initiative in playwriting and was awarded to Chris in November 2019.

Chris’ session, like the piece, will focus on the psychology of the emergency – how can we be realistic and honest without paralysing ourselves and others? Is hopelessness a useful stage in an ongoing process?

Alongside the text and music, there will be a public discussion with psychologists about how the human mind works (and doesn’t) when faced with events of an extreme scale; what happens when radical change becomes the new normal; and how we can be useful in a world where information itself might no longer be.

The Methuen Drama Royal Court Theatre Climate Commission was given to support a playwright to explore fresh ideas and links between the political present and the problems facing our environment today.

Oberon Books / Methuen Drama

Oberon Books is one of the UK’s most exciting independent publishers in drama and the performing arts, and recently joined Methuen Drama. Together they publish some of the most diverse and forward thinking drama, and lead the way in championing new writing, the best emerging playwrights and theatre companies, and supporting fringe and off-west end theatres. Methuen Drama will continue to support the commission under the new name of The Methuen Drama Royal Court Theatre Climate Commission.


Part of Open Court: Climate Emergency.
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