Creating a List of Climate Change Plays

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog

The image above shows how 2010 temperatures compare to average temperatures from a baseline period of 1951-1980, as analyzed by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Credit: NASA GISS

Where are the climate change plays and who are the playwrights writing them? We are looking to create a comprehensive go-to list so anyone searching for material related to this issue can have this resource available. Below is what we have found so far. What else is out there?

Please note: This list should by not means be considered an endorsement of the individual plays. It is simply a compilation. Also, in some cases, climate change is featured prominently while in others, it is only a backdrop for the story.

2071 – Duncan MacMillan (UK)
3rd Ring Out – Zoe Svendsen (UK)
AD2050 – Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti (UK)
Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale – Michael Kusugak (Canada) theatre for young audience
Between Two Waves – Ian Meadows (Australia)
Carla and Lewis – Shonni Enelow (USA)
Earthquakes in London –Mike Bartlett (UK)
Extreme Whether – Karen Malpede (USA)
Far Away – Caryl Churchill (UK)
Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret – Superhero Clubhouse (USA)
Fire In The Garden – Ken Weitzman (USA)
Green Dating – Chantal Bilodeau (Canada/USA) one-act
Greenland – Nicolas Billon (Canada)
Greenland – Moira Buffini, Matt Charman, Penelope Skinner and Jack Thorne (UK)
How to Build a Forest – Lisa D’Amour & Katie Pearl (USA) part visual installation and part theatre performance
If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet – Nick Payne (UK)
Island – Nicky Singer (UK) theatre for young audience
It Just Stopped – Stephen Sewell (Australia)
Kill Climate Deniers – David Finnigan (Australia)
Mr. Burns – Anne Washburn (USA)
Reclamation – Ken Weitzman (USA)
Red Forest – Belarus Free Theatre (UK)
Sea Sick – Alanna Mitchell (Canada)
Sila – Chantal Bilodeau (Canada/USA)
Ten Billion – Stephen Emmett (UK)
Thaw – Aaluk Edwardson (USA)
The Climate Monologues – Sharon Abreu (USA)
The Contingency Plan – Steve Waters (UK)
The Elephant Piece – Darryl Curry (USA)
The Ice Breaker – David Rambo (USA)
The Great ImmensityThe Civilians (USA)
The Heretic – Richard Bean (UK)
The Last Polar Bears – adaptation by Joe Douglas (Scotland) theatre for young audience
The Weather – Clare Pollard (UK)
The Weather Project – NACL Theatre (USA)
The Word for Snow – Don DeLillo (USA) one-act
This Clement World – Cynthia Hopkins (USA)
Tomorrow Comes Today – Gordon Dahlquist (USA)
Water – created by Filter Theatre & David Farr (UK)
We Turned On the Light – Caryl Churchill (UK) choral work

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Artists and Climate Change is a blog that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.

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