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The winter season at London's Royal Court Theatre this year includes a must-be-missed-at-all-costs event for climate geeks:

The season continues with Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley's 2071, beginning performances Nov. 5 prior to an official opening Nov. 6, for a run through Nov. 15. It is co-produced with Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, where the show will run for six performances between December 2014 and February 2015. Writer Duncan Macmillan has been talking to Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at University Collete London and Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership. Working with director Katie Mitchell, a new piece of theatre has been created where the science is centerstage.

H/T Barry Woods

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" science is centerstage"

More like pseudo-science is centrestage. I remember Andy Warhol's films - make it up as you go along! Just like Climate "Science".

Jun 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharmingQuark

Assuming Macmillan is not bringing in the science side, then who is?

Jun 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Why do I sense this won't be the bundle of laughs The Heretic was at the same theatre in 2011?

Jun 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Will the climate sceptic wear a black cape, a tall hat and have a big moustache for twirling as he sends the brave climate scientist to the workhouse after foreclosing on her eco friendly yurt? Or will he just tie her to the rail tracks while a soot belching coal train cuts her research grant in half?

Seriously, I feel sorry for comedy writers, all the humour is from our perspective.

Jun 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

It's a panto with mid-Atlantic spelling - theatre, center ?
Bring the youngsters and over-ripe fruit n veg..
Every time Global Warming is mentioned shout out "It's behind you".

Jun 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterWJohn

I can hardly wait.

Jun 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Am I permitted to say, for the first time ever, that I: "LMFAO!"?

Jun 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh

"... a new piece of theatre has been created where the science is centerstage." but out of sight behind the curtains? Every now and then a round faced person with a goatee beard pokes his head through and says 'It's all exactly as predicted'.

I propose an alternative: 2084

Act 1: Sunburnt couple of indeterminate gender designation sit on beach, one reading a paper.

Person 1: The paper says it's been as hot as the Costa del Sol all month.
Person 2: It just used to be one or two days a year. Whatever happened to the prolonged torrential rain the Met Office forecast?
Person 1: The paper says the weather has been exactly as forecast. Anyway, just think how much of our CO2 allowance we've saved in not flying abroad for our holiday, how much we have supported the UK economy and redistributed our wealth to the local tourist industry, *and* all the solar subsidies we've earned too by not being at home.
Person 2: Anything to help with the bills. But couldn't we have kept a little bit for ourselves so we could have the lights on at night when we get back? With the weather like this the windmills never turn!

[Child runs across stage pursued by heavily armed Green Police. Explosion off stage. Green Police return]

Both say to Green Police: One less sceptic!

[Green Police leave]

Person 2 says quietly: Is it me or has the chocolate ration gone down again.
Person 1: [Looks at paper earnestly] But it says here the chocolate ration has been increased to 20 grammes a week...

Jun 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterGareth

Starring Bob Ward, Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt, who form a trio to sing the cue ball opera, with Bryony Worthington battling Julia Slingo for the love of their men. Lord Monckton plays the lovable and misunderstood phantom of the opera house, who the female leads both comes to admire, and then to love, which causes their jealous men of science to plot heinous murder. Lewandowsky plays the apothecary, James Delingpole plays the constable detective, and Matt Ridley as God the narrator.

I can't tell you any more about it, because I don't want to spoil the ending.

Jun 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterMickey Reno

The newspaper reviews will just say 'it's worse than we though!'

Jun 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Does this mean that one should bring tomatoes? One could simulate global warming by leaving them outside on a dark surface for a sufficient amount of time ...

Jun 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterMikeP


Right. Because in 2014, nothing happens.

Beam me up, Scotty.


Jun 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

"University Collete"

A very obliging girl, I hear.. :-)

Jun 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

'Collette' scripted the novella 'Gigi' and picked the then unknown Audrey Hepburn to take the lead role in the play.

Not sure Rapley's play will have quite the same appeal.

Jun 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

Gigi - Leslie Caron

Jun 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterthorne

Leslie Caron in the film 7 years later

Jun 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

…for a run through Nov. 15…
to… When? Why must our petty classes mimic the Americans in their degradation of our language? The run is TO Nov.15, assuming Nov.15 is the final day. For heaven’s sake, you do not walk across a room through the wall, you walk to it!

(In a similar vein, I have noted that, in new American literature books, burglars “burglarise”, they no longer burgle; similarly, I suppose, teachers will “teacherise” and swimmers “swimmerise”. Will the madness never end?)

Jun 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterRadical Rodent

Jun 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM | WJohn

Every time Global Warming is mentioned shout out "It's behind you".


Jul 1, 2014 at 12:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterBilly Liar

The title/headline from the link given by the Bish is actually:

"John Tiffany Will Direct Roald Dahl's The Twits for London's Royal Court; Season Announced

Well there you go.

Jul 1, 2014 at 2:16 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Will this be the first Noh drama ever performed in London?

Jul 1, 2014 at 4:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

"a new piece of theatre has been created where the science is centerstage."

It's not new and it's not about science!!!

It's the same old story in a new wrapping, mostly policy based claims and promoting an ide(ology)?

Jul 1, 2014 at 7:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterSanta Baby

Promoting a political Agenda is what it's all about?

Jul 1, 2014 at 7:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterSanta Baby

Has anyone linked to this?

Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

Apparently the new Royal Court season is all about "revolution & resistance" …..oh…. and you're paying, of course, via your old friends at the Arts Council.

(Don't let anyone tell you climate change is political though).

Jul 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

A public subscription should be started (I believe London prices are steep for new shows) to find and fund a volunteer with a stout character and a strong stomach to attend and report back. Theatre can provide insights into what motivates people into doing strange things, such as claiming to be grievously alarmed about a gas which has never driven climate in the past and shows no sign of doing so now.

Jul 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Isn't it odd how a middle-aged scientist, who's spent his whole life suckling at the public teat and waiting for his inflation-proofed pension - can see holding the same opinion as "97%" of his peers as being an act of daring revolution?

Jul 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

John Shade: +1

Foxgoose: +97%!

Jul 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

This boggles the mind!

We will see stagecraft being used to present real life "stagecrafted" science. We will see actors pretending to be scientists -- scientists who, in real life, are also actors pretending to be scientists.

Art has reality! And here the subject matter of the Art has no reality! The world the actors create is real -- but the world the climate scientists create is not real.

What to call this new type of Art -- Unrealism????

Eugene WR Gallun

Jul 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterEugene WR Gallun

What to call this new type of Art -- Unrealism????

Eugene WR Gallun


Jul 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

The Royal Court link from foxgoose is interesting. The Hansen-esque grandchildren rhetoric is there, and "What’s needed is a conversation". The director was also responsible for "ten billion". And it's followed by a "Day of Action" on how to fight climate change.

Jul 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

They say the Secret of Showbiz is timing.

Six performances at the Royal Court through Winter November 2014 to December January Febuary 2015 the topical subject being Climate Change and Global Warming

Hope the shows don,t get cancelled due to snow.

Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

And it coincides with Panto Season in the West End

Jul 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

"In a similar vein, I have noted that, in new American literature books, burglars “burglarise”, they no longer burgle; similarly, I suppose, teachers will “teacherise” and swimmers “swimmerise”. Will the madness never end?" --Radical Rodent

You just need a little reorientationization.

Jul 2, 2014 at 7:28 AM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

I remember a very good (unrelated) sciency comedy at the Edinburgh festival that contained the telling line that discovering a straight line graph of two variables is a scientists wet dream.

Jul 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

In the history of the theatre, this play will not be unforgotten, nor shall I fail to abstain from seeing all six performances. Or maybe only the one.

Jul 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

Does anyone know if/to what extent this production was subsidised? Were there script development grants and the like? Is it expected to pay its way at the box office?

Jul 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

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