Climate Change & Other Small Talk

Climate Change & Other Small Talk

In development

Sunny's most ambitious project yet, CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK is a constellation of creative works, starting with a season of nine short audio dramas written and created by nine teams from across the world. The shorts will delve into the human forces and stories which shape our responses to climate change.  In the pilot episode, a couple leaves outraged product reviews on Amazon while their home fills with flood water. A group of climate justice leaders from around the world will collaborate with playwrights on the works. The season will be presented by festivals, theatres, and grassroots groups around the world, either digitally or in live/digital fusions.

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Creative Team

Concept by:

Sunny Drake

9 international playwrights:

To be announced!

Produced by:

Sunny Drake Productions in association with Why Not Theatre

Lead Producer:

Fanny Martin

Najla Nubyanluv (on parental leave)

Executive Producer:

Sunny Drake

Concept Dramaturg:

Kevin Matthew Wong

Pilot audio play:

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,

Produced by Michelle Yagi

Produced with support from Why Not Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre



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Free access to the pilot episode between March 3-19 2022 as part of The Bridge: A Festival of Ideas by Royal MTC. Register here for free.

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A couple leaves outraged product reviews on Amazon while their home fills with flood water. A ship's passengers have their attention systematically hijacked into re-enacting the Titanic's "I'm Flying" scene instead of attending to their sinking ship…

CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK is a season of 9 short audio plays created by 9 teams across the world in collaboration with Sunny Drake. The shorts will explore the absurdness of our lives with climate chaos as a backdrop–and the bigger forces shaping our responses to climate change. They will humorously dial up the bizareness of  disaster capitalism, obsession with economic growth and outsized corporate influence over political institutions.

Our creative teams are in Australia, Chile, India, Mauritius, Nigeria and 4 in Canada (Calgary, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver).

Rather than examining physical, chemical and biological conditions, our theatre teams will examine the human forces shaping our responses to climate change. These stories will be produced in an initial season of short audio plays, shared in an interactive web portal. The shorts will then be available as a building block for further creation globally via live/pop-up performances and installations in accordance with local pandemic restrictions. 

Sunny talks about the origin of the work:

“I incubated this idea onboard a three week residency on a tall ship in the high Arctic, north of Scandinavia, with 30 artists and scientists. We visited the world's most northern climate research station. Scientists there release a daily weather balloon. To understand climate change, we need both this hyper-local information and also the global: they combine their data with a network of hundreds of other weather stations globally. Inspired by this, I decided to partner with artists across the world who will each create local micro-narratives which are then funnelled into a larger project of creative interpretation and sharing. While the scientists investigate chemical, physical and biological conditions, our artists are investigating the human side.”



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