Seymour Centre Presents

2071: A Performance About Climate Change

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


and featuring Lucy Brownlie, Sasha Rose, Ellery Joyce, Matthew Simmons, Jacqueline Morrison and Heath Jelovic from Australian Theatre For Young People


2071 is a performance about climate change, created from the words of prestigious scientist, Professor Chris Rapley. This beautiful production fuses the facts of climate change and our planet’s history of global warming with astounding 3D projections and an original music score. Theatre, science and art combine to imagine what the world might be like in the future.


2071 perfectly frames the climate change facts and challenges within a beautifully structured and eloquent dramatic monologue.

First produced by London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2014, the production received critical acclaim and was an immediate success with performances in Germany, Brussels and two seasons in London.


The Australian production will feature state of the art projections by Joe Crossley (Vivid Sydney) and an original musical score by award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell (Gothic, Vivid 2015).


2071 is part of Seymour’s Great Ideas series which engages with significant issues of our time, provoking thought and public discourse around big contemporary questions.


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



See the show and then join the discussion with our expert panels.

30 May Guardian Live Panel and Q&A: The Politics of the Energy Crisis

5 June Guardian Live Panel and Q&A: World Environment Day Panel Discussion

8 June Vivid Sydney Ideas Panel and Q&A: Arts and Activism

Further details below.





2071 by Duncan Macmillan and Professor Chris Rapley was first produced by the Royal Court Theatre in co-operation with the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg in November 2014.



Tuesday 30 May – Guardian Live Panel and Q&A

7.45pm – 8.30pm

The Politics of the Energy Crisis

Following the performance of 2071, editor of Guardian Australia, Lenore Taylor, will lead a discussion on Australia’s record on addressing climate change, with a particular focus on targets, renewables and the challenges of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

Lenore will be joined by Greg Bourne (Councillor, Climate Council) and Martijn Wilder (Head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice).


Monday 5 June – Guardian Live Panel and Q&A

7.45pm – 8.30pm

World Environment Day Panel Discussion

Following the performance of 2071 and to mark World Environment Day, Guardian environment reporter Michael Slezak will lead a discussion on “Where does the world go from here?”

Michael will be joined by Amanda McKenzie (CEO Climate Council), David Ritter (CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific) and Blair Palese (CEO of


Thursday 8 June – Vivid Sydney Ideas Panel and Q&A

8.45pm – 9.30pm

Arts and Activism: Can theatre really create social change?

Following the performance of 2071, director Tim Jones will lead a discussion on the role the performing arts can play in promoting social change. He will be joined by some leading Australian experts in arts and activism, including Joe Crossley from Vivid Sydney, Professor Chris Rapley, one of the writers of 2071, will also be joining the discussion via Skype from the UK and Van Badham, Australian writer and social commentator.


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 and Sound Designer: Andrée Greenwell

Media Artwork: Joe Crossley (Epson)Heckler & Sixty Forty

Movement Director: Patricia Wood

Costume Designer: Melanie Liertz


John Gaden
Lucy Brownlie
Sasha Rose
Ellery Joyce
Matthew Simmons
Jacqueline Morrison
Heath Jelovic


In Association with Australian Theatre For Young People

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

Guardian Live

Vivid Sydney Ideas

Sydney Environment Institute

The Climate Council

City of Sydney