Seymour Centre Presents


By Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley

26 May - 10 June

"An urgent call for the greatest collective action in history."

The Guardian UK, Michael Billington


2071 is a performance about climate change, created from the words of one of the world’s foremost climate change scientists, Professor Chris Rapley. The performance fuses the facts of climate change and our planets’ history of global warming with astounding 3D projections and an original music score. Part dramatic performance, part art-installation and completely scientifically authentic, 2071 imagines what the world might be like in the future and asks us what sort of world we want to live in. What kind of future do we want to create?


“2071 strikes me as pretty essential viewing if you want a sensible overview on what is happening to our planet” – TimeOut UK


Wed 7 June, Fri 2 June & Fri 9 June 11am plus post-show Q&A and Workshop at 1pm


2071 is perfect for students studying Science, Geography or Engineering and for anyone needing to wrestle with the facts of climate change and to determine potential solutions for the future.


Tickets: School groups $22 including workshop (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)

Suitable for Years 9 – 12 (Stage 5 – 6)

Teacher’s resource kits will be available on confirmation of booking.


Fri 2, Wed 7 & Fri 9 June

11am – Performance

12:15pm – Q&A

1pm-2pm – Workshop

Following the performances there will be a one-hour workshop led by scientists and researchers from the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.

Led by Jude Philp of the University’s Macleay Museum, the workshop will explore a variety of human impacts of climate change on the biosphere.

She will be joined by activist Cedric Counord ex-Greenpeace, coral reef fish expert Anthony Gill and historian Leah Lui-Chivizhe.


In the workshop students will be challenged to see the various ways that study and maintenance of the earth’s marine systems and their unique natural heritage affects different areas of our individual lives and our society.

Jude Philp: What makes jellyfish glow and how did they get in my brain?
In 2008 a team of biochemists were awarded the Nobel Prize for their role in understanding the proteins that give so many reef animals their florescent colours. Their work contributed to breakthroughs across the arts and sciences – as Jude will briefly describe.

Anthony Gill: If we don’t know what’s there, how will we know it has gone? Ichthyologist (fish expert) Tony will talk about the work of taxonomy in the face of climate change. As part of this session students will be given the opportunity to vote on a name for a new fish species (one not yet classified) or contribute their own suggestions. Their votes will determine the name that species receives under the international zoological nomenclature code, and will be published.

Leah Lui-Chivizhe: Torres Strait’s turtles. For millennia Torres Strait Islanders have had an enduring relationship with turtles that annually pass through and breed in the area. It is a relationship that has had to change with the accelerated commerce and effects of the Industrial Revolution – as Leah will explore.

Cedric Counord: How do you save the Great Barrier Reef? You dance on walls of course. For 16 years Cedric has managed non-violent direct actions and demonstrations for Greenpeace across the globe. He will talk about how activism can bring about positive change.




Director: Tim Jones

Composer: Andreé Greenwell

Digital multimedia designer: Joe Crossley


This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund