This year may be the year for environmental shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! From bikes powering lights, to reading out the IPCC report, there is a lot of important work about climate change. Here are five of our top picks, which you can catch in the remaining week.
Sustainable Fringe Award Winner: How to Save a Rock
Quick catch-up: it’s 2026, and we've got four years left to save the world. Half a degree out, and millions of lives are at risk. The temperatures are rising, and so are the people – but not enough has changed. Also, there's only one polar bear left alive, and he’s written us a letter. We're going to save him. Will you help? A carbon-neutral comedy, powered by bike and solar power, about how to still have hope. Samuel French New Play Award winner, and Sunday Times Playwriting Award winner, 2019.
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Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions, BiB with ZOO. Like its title, this performance is a palindrome. You can see it forwards and backwards. Because some believe humanity is moving forward, while others believe the opposite. No matter who's right, our quest for progress has dramatically changed the world we live in. Are our actions irreversible or can we undo them? 'The most beautiful, most intelligent and committed performance Ontroerend Goed has ever made, on the boundary of visual art, theatre, poetry and politics' **** (Knack).
1.5 Degrees Live!
The 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of above 1.5 degrees is the most important climate report in history. We don’t have much time. The clock is ticking. This is 1.5 Degrees Live! Find out what all the fuss is about. This is the live, five-day reading of this fascinating and devastating climate report. More than 100 readers, performers, members of the public, activists, authors and more will raise their voices and bear witness to the most important issue of our age. Join us for the greatest, and maybe final, show on earth!
The ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off. The Theatre Centre presents Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell’s critically acclaimed production about climate change, and the state of the global ocean, which has toured Canada and the world. Experience this powerful story in which Mitchell uses science and delicate wit to tell us about her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future. 'Terrifying, laugh-out-loud funny, and ultimately hopeful, Mitchell's Sea Sick is a must-see' (Vancouver Observer).
In this new piece, Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other might look like. Above the stage and projected onto a screen, two parallel narratives run alongside each other: the end of the Earth and the end of their collaboration. In the vein of their previous work, it is a poignant, sad and funny account of the ongoing ecological crisis. Their dance is a reminder and a celebration of our own mortality, and that of everything around us.