How do we approach the Climate Crisis?
With ‘Rage, But Hope’ - Stepahnie Martin renders with her latest piece.
The play was formed from a collection of 8 different monologues. Each monologue showcases an individual's view and experience of this current climate movement. The characters were all varied and distant from one another - in a notion to perhaps showcase the breadth of diversity in the XR movement and emphasise that this climate crisis is a universal problem; it doesn't care if you’re homeless, a student or even, a middle aged tosser. But all the personalities we were exposed to, held the reblemance that they were all moved, all trying to help and all flawed too. Their human imperfections brought to light the extremity of the climate crisis; any effort is effort.
Fleshing out these roles into believale, quotitain day people so well, was down to talented writer Martin. These snippets were really great bursts of a character - we felt sympathetic, outraged, angry, disappointed, pleased and moved, to each and every role from their individual performances. We saw different people from different walks of life and with different lifestyles all try. This gave someone for every audience member to relate to on a more personal level as well as serve to highlight again that “we have to change and we can change”.
The play is a beautiful metaphor for the Extinction Rebellion’s; ‘Rage but Hope’ manner. In an effort to raise awareness about the destruction of the planets, something tangible and informative has been created; there is hope and there is opportunity to better ourselves and our futures from this situation.
Just because something is important and pressing, doesn't’ it shouldn't be approached with optimism - it fact, if it is something as bleak and overwhelming as the global warming, it should prove even more reason why we should bring a sense of positivity and comradeship. Rage, But Hope perfectly encapsulates this message.
'RAGE, BUT HOPE' will be running from Tuesday, 26 November-Sunday, 1 December 2 2019 at Streatham Space Project, London