The choices we made yesterday. The difficult realities of tomorrow.

Scenes from the Climate Era

By David Finnigan

2 AUG - 24 AUG 2024 — NOW ON SALE

About.

Company

Auckland Theatre Company

Venue

Q Theatre

Duration

1 hour and 20 minutes, no interval

Advisory

None

Rethink everything you know about climate change — the Climate Era is here.

“People go through three stages when they’re getting to grips with climate change. Denial. Solutions. Grief. And then, on the other side, hope.”

A couple discusses whether it’s ethical to have children. Scientists try to bioengineer a new coral reef. A pilot spreads acid in the atmosphere. The last frog of its kind calls into the abyss for a mate.

Scenes from the Climate Era isn’t just a conversation about climate change, it’s a dizzying stream of conversations, snapping from absurd comedy to blistering rage to deep vulnerability. Set in the past, the present and a possible future, they’re personal snapshots of the biggest story in human history. 

This scorching work by Australian playwright David Finnigan, the son of a climate scientist, offers glimpses of hope for humanity in our collective power to effect change. But time is no longer “running out”, he says. It’s simply passing.

“I was raised to live in a world that was a certain way. That world no longer exists. Now, we’re starting to take stock of the world we actually live in, and it means rethinking everything.”

Presented by Auckland Theatre Company and Silo Theatre, Scenes from the Climate Era is a collective call to action of the greatest urgency. You won’t be able to look away.

A collaboration between Auckland Theatre Company and Silo Theatre.

Direction

Cast

Dawn Cheong

Nī Dekkers-Reihana

Sean Rivera

Amanda Tito

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REVIEWS

★★★★ “An intelligent, affecting and deeply human play on the
most urgently all-impacting issue of our time.”
- Time Out

"This is theatre doing what it was made to do. An invigoratingly honest portrayal of what it’s like to engage with climate conversations (and be alive) right this second” - Limelight

"Raw, vulnerable and utterly engaging" - The AU Review

WAYS TO SAVE

Pay What You Wish

If you’ve never been to the theatre before, we have one night to give it a go risk-free. It’s first in, best seats, with the performance ticketed as General Admission. Tickets on sale Thu 27 June.

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30 and Under

If you are 30 years or under, and love theatre, you can get $30 tickets to any show by Auckland Theatre Company. Made possible with support from Europcar.

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Preview Performances

Save 20% on an Adult ticket for Auckland Theatre Company shows when you book see the first performances of a season before opening night.

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SUNDAY FORUM

Stay after the performance to hear from a special guest speaker who delves more deeply into the world and themes of the play. Enrich your theatre-going experience with a thought-provoking discussion and gain insight into the wider context of the work. Come intrigued; leave inspired.

Sun 11 Aug approx. 5:20pm
Q Theatre, Rangatira
Free
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ACCESSIBILITY

NZSL-Interpreted

by Platform Interpreting NZ
Sat 24 Aug 8:00pm
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Audio-Described & Touch Tour

by Audio Described Aotearoa
Sun 18 Aug 4:00pm
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Creative Learning

Scenes from the Climate Era is suitable for year levels 12 – 13, with a performance for schools at 11:00am on Wed 14 Aug, Fri 16 Aug & Wed 21 Aug. Workshops and supporting resources are available for ākonga.

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