Runtime: 2h 20m
A collaboration between Katie Mitchell and Headlong, this one-woman show, written by Miranda Rose Hall, comes with an eye-catching title and, like an increasing number of theatre shows, is powered entirely by bicycles. Mitchell has made a number of theatre pieces about the climate emergency, and this continues that thread in a show that is being made and toured sustainably—it will be remade for each city by local artists—but which also considers the role that theatre has to play in the climate crisis. Lydia West plays Naomi, a Yopung woman who is part of a theatre company that has written a play about extinction. Even though they have failed to turn up, Naomi isn’t going to miss the opportunity to take us on a journey exploring what it means to be human when humans are facing their final curtain call.
Miranda Rose Hall’s darkly funny, life-affirming show starring Lydia West is directed by Katie Mitchell. This is a bold experiment in eco theatre-making, created with leading touring company Headlong. Naomi is part of a theatre company who have made a play especially for you, those living through extinction, but the actors haven’t shown up yet. In the meantime, Naomi has a plan. This innovative one woman show takes us on a life-changing journey to confront the urgent ecological disaster that is unfolding around us. Part ritual, part battle cry, and powered entirely by bicycles, this fiercely feminist production is a moving exploration of what it means to be human in this era of man-made extinction. Sharing learning from Europe, Headlong presents Katie Mitchell’s innovative touring model, the first of its kind in the UK, which sees a play tour, while the people and materials do not. It forms part of a ground-breaking international experiment in reimagining theatre in a climate crisis. Age Recommendation: 14+