by YEP (Young Everyman & Playhouse Theatre)
Directed by Matt Rutter
2nd March - 5th 2016
The YEP and backroom staff prepared for this play, about the catastrophe
facing the planet from climate change, by making the show carbon neutral
by recycling the stage, costumes and props from previous productions and
utilising LED lighting to lessen the carbon footprint effect.
YEP director Matt Rutter stated that he "wanted to create a show
that could inspire the younger generation to take action, to be more aware
of the impact we're all having on our environment and to act as a collective
to achieve change."
The night I went the majority of the audience were young and hopefully,
as Rutter said, will be inspired to implement changes in their lifestyle
in regard to the environment, given the impact the 43 cast members made
in this compelling performance.
They were not preachy, not metaphorically banging people over the head
with their messages and warnings, but instead interlinked serious aspects
with humour and upbeat music.
The most notable sketches were humanity on trial for its treatment of
the Earth, with Mr. Iceberg, who was very warm, as one of the prosecuting
Apathy by people was illustrated by a mother telling her daughter not
to worry about the environment, with the former then tuning into the brainwash
box to watch Corrie.
The UN was then held up to ridicule for their inaction in regard to earth's
plight when several of the cast took part in a UN Environmental Committee
session, including a representative from North Korea.
As in real life they all ended up disagreeing with each other as to what
course of actions to take to tackle the problem of global warming.
At one stage the point was made that people have got other things to
concern and to distract them, other than worrying about the environment.
In other words all they think about is themselves.
After receiving thunderous applause from the audience at the end, the
thought popped into my head, how many of them would be driving home in
cars, belching out poisons on the way. Quite a lot I would guess.