On Thursday the Washington Times reported that a play titled, “Kill Climate Deniers,” began its theatrical run when it kicked off the 2018 season of the Griffin Theatre in Sydney after a week of previews. The final show is scheduled for April 7.
The plot? According to the play’s website:
As a classic rock band take the stage in Parliament House’s main hall, 96 armed eco-terrorists storm the building and take the entire government hostage, threatening to execute everyone unless Australia ends global warming. Tonight.
Now, the embattled Environment Minister has no choice but to pick up a gun and stand up for her ideals, pushing back against the threat which has engulfed her country – one terrorist at a time.
Four years after backlash shut down the original staging of the play, David Finnigan’s Kill Climate Deniers has now opened in Sydney.
In 2014, Finnigan was commissioned by Canberra’s Aspen Island Theatre Company to write a play that explored climate change and Australian politics. He called the play Kill Climate Deniers, and was given a $19,000 grant from the ACT Government to develop it.
A small production from a relatively unknown playwright, it might’ve ended in a small run with a small audience. But then Andrew Bolt caught wind of it.
The Herald Sun columnist was not impressed:
“What sane government donates to a project urging others to kill fellow citizens, even as a “joke”?”
Despite the violent name, Finnegan claims the play is not a violent call to arms but rather “a pretty joyful comedy.”
“It’s a high-octane action adventure thriller set in Parliament House,” he added.
Reich further wrote:
Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company’s production of Kill Climate Deniers is the first full-scale mounting of the play, which won the company’s Griffin Award in 2017.
“I don’t think anyone is going to take this play literally,” he said.
The artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company, Lee Lewis, directed this staging of Kill Climate Deniers, which she described as having “a uniquely Australian train-smash structure”.
Lewis further said the play must ultimately be read as satire and that “satire is one of our most useful forms for critiquing really difficult politics.”
“It critiques the artist and the audience. It asks everybody to look at it through a different, lighter eye, in order to have the conversation, not the argument,” Lewis added.
“The play had a brief run last fall at the Garage Theater in Long Beach, California, but the latest staging represents the show’s first full-scale production,” the Washington Times said.
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