Cli­mate change the hot topic of play

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

As the cli­mate change de­bate con­tin­ues around the globe a play is aim­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in our back­yard.

Cre­ative duo Catherine Croft and Rebecca Phillips are stag­ing their en­vi­ron­men­tally charged theatre pro­duc­tion Kalop­sia Sky at The Base­ment theatre this week to throw new light on the is­sue.

‘‘Cli­mate change is such a mas­sive is­sue that our lead­ers aren’t car­ry­ing for­ward at the mo­ment in the way that they re­ally should be,’’ Ms Croft says. ‘‘I can un­der­stand why peo­ple don’t en­gage with it when it’s such a big is­sue.’’

A re­port re­leased last month by the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change says it’s ‘‘ex­tremely likely’’ that hu­mans are the dom­i­nant cause of ob­served warm­ing since the mid-20th cen­tury.

Ms Croft is a mem­ber of the youth-led en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Gen­er­a­tion Zero.

The play, set in an Auck­land back­yard, stars Ms Croft and Hay­ley Brown as two friends mov­ing in op­pos­ing di­rec­tions. Wo­ven through­out the show are ques­tions the world faces about cli­mate change and how we choose to act.

Ms Phillips’ art pro­vides the back­drop.

The char­ac­ters’ strug­gles in the play mir­ror those of the po­lit­i­cal de­bate sur­round­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, Ms Croft says.

‘‘There’s no sil­ver bul­let to this prob­lem. It takes all of us work­ing to­gether from dif­fer­ent stand­points.’’

Kalop­sia Sky will run at The Base­ment’s Stu­dio Theatre, Lower Greys Ave un­til Satur­day. A char­ity night will be held to­mor­row at 7pm with $10 from ev­ery ticket sale do­nated to Gen­er­a­tion Zero.

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