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The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah: exploring climate change through theatre

In this project, actors and geographers unite to explore ways to bring the experience of living through climate change to theatre audiences.

Background

Climate change impacts different communities unequally, and presents particular challenges to societies that are dependent on seasonal variations in nature for their cultural or subsistence activities. Many communities at high risk of adverse impact are geographically remote from major population centres, and there is a concern that this physical distance can translate to a psychological distance. This project explores the power of theatre to diminish that psychological distance.

"The Last Hurrah is a daring and innovative play exploring the lived experience of climate change."

Rosa Thomas, reviewing for Daily Info

Read the full review.

Activities

Developing the project included the following activities, bringing together Bath Spa students and geographers:

  • Discussions with acting students about the impacts of climate change, especially among coastal communities at high latitudes, lead by geography staff and students.
  • Actor-led development of a short piece of theatre, ‘The Last Hurrah (and the Long Haul)’ based on the experiences of a maritime subsistence economy in the face of shifting seasons. 

Project team

  • Dr Matt Law, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Rew Lowe, Lecturer in Acting (Dramaturgy)

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