Climate Change Theatre Action 2021

A worldwide distributed festival of readings and performances of short plays about the climate crisis presented September 19 – December 18, 2021 to coincide with the United Nations COP 26 meetings

Global | 19 September 2021 – 18 December 2021

Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide distributed festival of readings and performances of short plays about the climate crisis presented to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings. Now in its fourth iteration, CCTA harnesses the power of storytelling to bring communities together around shared values, increase understanding and engagement with the climate crisis, and bridge the gap between local and global issues.

Earlier this year, 50 playwrights representing all inhabited continents were commissioned to write short plays under the theme “Envisioning a Global Green New Deal.” We asked them to show us what their dream future looks like – and how we might get there. This collection of plays is now available to anyone wishing to organize an event between September 19 – December 18, 2021. Events may be readings in a classroom, public performances, radio shows, podcasts, street theatre interventions, etc. Participants can design their event to reflect their aesthetic and community, and include additional material by local artists.

Participants are also encouraged to partner with local organizations or other departments within their university to organize an “action” as part of their event. We define “action” as something that gives audiences tools to translate the theatrical experience into concrete steps. Examples of actions from previous years include: conversations with scientists; donations to hurricane relief efforts and food banks; informational sessions with social justice and environmental organizations; voter education and letter campaigns to legislators; and sharing tools for sustainability at the local level.

Since its launch in 2015, CCTA has presented over 400 events in 30 countries reaching more than 40,000 people. At the end of the festival, the plays are published in an anthology and continue to be studied in university classes and performed in settings ranging from theatres to academic conferences to faith-based meetings.

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