Chaotic and clever, The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul) pitches you from the endless endeavour of ‘putting on a play’ to the fast-ebbing edges of The Great White Land, up there, near the North Pole, where the Polar Bears roam. Under the sea ice, once (they say), swam whales. Above, now, we cling to the twisted wreckage of our homes.
Farcically funny, fierce and fragile, and told with unbridled joy and warmth, this is the true story a community living with the consequences of climate change. A story of how people pull together. And how they fall apart.
Ready yourselves for humungous sea beasts, horrible storms and a huge health and safety disaster too late to avoid.
This show is made from 100% recycled material(s).
‘an incredible piece of theatre… an extraordinary spectacle… needs to be seen...’
As well as being a theatre show, The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul) is a collaborative, practice-based research project which brings together students and lecturers in Acting, Geography, Theatre Production and Film & TV, as well as Southwest-based artists and The Research Centre for Environmental Humanities, to explore ways to bring the experience of living through climate change to theatre audiences.
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 majorpopulation 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.
· Discussions with acting students about the impacts of climate change, especially among coastal communities at high latitudes, led by Geography lecturers and students.
· Creation and showings of the of the resulting theatre productionshow at Bath Spa University Theatre in October 2018
Director - Rew Lowe
Devised and performed by the company - Jacob Aldcroft, Tilly Dodwell/Amy Harrison, Frank Hussey Safah El-Gadi, James Rayner-Adams, Joe Topping & Josh Whisson
Producer - Rew Lowe
Lead Researcher - Dr Matt Law
Movement Director - Cat Boot (www.catherineboot.com)
Photography - Jack Offord (www.jackofford.co.uk)