Climate Change & Other Small Talk

Climate Change & Other Small Talk

In development

Launching April 2023, Sunny's most ambitious project yet, CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK is a constellation of creative works, starting with a podcast of nine short audio dramas written and created by nine teams from across the world. The shorts use humour, satire and/or absurdity to expose 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 series of live activation events will be presented by festivals, theatres, and grassroots groups around the world. **Sign up to mailing list below to hear updates!**

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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

In partnership with 9 international companies to be annouced soon!

Lead Producer:

Fanny Martin

Najla Nubyanluv (on parental leave)

Impact Producer:

Chaprece Henry

Communications Producer:

Daniela Gerstmann

Audio Producers:

Heather Brown, Richard Feren

Executive Producer:

Sunny Drake

Concept Dramaturg:

Kevin Matthew Wong

Pilot audio episode:

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,

Episode produced by Michelle Yagi

Episode produced with support from Why Not Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre



CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK is a podcast 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).

The podcast will launch on April 22, 2023 (World Earth Day) and the shorts will then be available as a building block for a series of live events around the world: listening parties, live/pop-up performances, installations, conversations. 

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.”

Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of this website to hear annoucements of who the playwrights are and stay tuned about the project!



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