Climate change the hot topic of play
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.