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CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK is a constellation of creative works, starting with season of short audio plays written by 9 playwrights across the world in collaboration with Sunny Drake. It was inspired by Sunny’s participation in the Arctic Circle residency onboard a tall ship with 30 artists and scientists in 2019:
“When our tall ship arrived at Ny-Ålesund, the world's northernmost climate research station, I had an idea. Scientists up there collaborate with hundreds of weather stations globally. Inspired by this teamwork, 9 playwrights from around the world will be our Story Scientists. Together, we will delve into the human side: the stories we’re told, the stories we tell ourselves, and the ways they shape our responses to climate change. Partnering with theatres, festivals and climate justice groups, our constellation of audio dramas, creations and events is CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK”
- Sunny Drake
The audio dramas will be presented across the world in a fusion of live and digital activities.
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Written by Sunny Drake
Directed by Weyni Mengesha
Starring Anand Rajaram, Liisa Repo-Martell and Bahareh Yaraghi
Sound design and music by Richard Feren and Olivia Shortt, audio mixing by Heather Brown, recording engineer Matt Rideout
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty, Weyni Mengesha and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Concept Dramaturgy: Kevin Matthew Wong
Producer: Michelle Yagi
Production Manager: Crystal Lee
Pilot episode produced by Why Not Theatre and Sunny Drake with the generous support of Soulpepper Theatre, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council
Special thanks to The Arctic Circle Residency Program and fellow residents, Climate Change Theatre Action, ACTRA, Chantal Bilodeau, Chanelle Gallant, Alex Kelly and Isaac Lev Szmonko
Recorded in Tkaronto, Toronto, which is Dish With One Spoon territory, the territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples