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2009 ongoing: The Climamania Project

The Climamania Project:

Oh Honeys, there just are way too many deaths and destruction occurring throughout the world. It is mankind’s responsibility to protect our home – Alicia Liley

[Baa Atoll, Maldives, image courtesy
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SOUL intends to perform The Australian Premiere of the UK playwright Steve Waters’ The Contingency Plan  in 2025, subject to being granted Performing Rights.

This script is composed of two full length plays that encapsulate various viewpoints regarding Climate Change, offering a realistic balanced portrayal of attitudes of denial and the reality of the damaging environmental circumstances exhibited by the Climate Change Crisis.

This double bill offers varied scientific opinions, media aspects and of course, the varied political attitudes apparent within today’s reality! With the finality of the public’s confusion as the situation worsens.

S.E.A.T. (SOUL’s Educational Active Theory / Team)

In 2018, SOUL developed a new educational initiative based in schools.

S.E.A.T. is SOUL’s Educational Active Theory (or Team). It aims to educate young Australians about the urgent need to address the Climate Change Crises before it’s too (d**mned) late.

The project involves a team of performing artists visiting primary and secondary schools in Victoria. SOUL initially presents a mix of short plays, videos, talks and music, then engages with students and teachers to encourage them to get creative about climate change. A week or so later, SOUL returns to workshop the results with students, leading up to a performance opportunity or expo, either in-school or in public. The form of this presentation is up to the teachers and students to decide under SOUL’s guidance and advice.

If your school would be interested in being part of S.E.A.T., please contact our Artistic Director, Alicia Liley via our Contact page.

2015 – Climamania Festival of Short Plays and Music (C5)

Climamania – Mini-Festival of Short Plays and Music

presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

28 September to 4 October, 2015

Brunswick Mechanics Institute, cnr Glen Lyon and Sydney Roads, Brunswick
Tuesday – Sunday at 6.30pm, 90 minutes duration
Do you have an angry polar bear in your swimming pool? Look again. Bjorn and his Inuit mates are in town, mightily pissed off about the climate change crisis, global warming and the shrinking ice caps. So say authors Gerald Frape and Peter Hardy (a climate scientist who spent four years working in the Arctic).

Soul Theatre presents a mini-festival of theatre, poetry, comedy and music about the climate change crisis and what we’re not doing about it.

Join Australian jazz icon Bob Sedergreen, comic master Rod Quantock* and the Soul Theatre ensemble as they put a carbon-neutral rocket under our entrenched complacency. (Please note: Rod Quantock not appearing on Friday, 2 October).

More information here.

The Climamania Project Stimulus

Having been a Climate Change Activist since late 2002, Alicia Liley proposed to SOUL’s Board at the 2009 AGM that Soul Theatre Inc. produce a production, educating society and the politicians about the incredible seriousness of the Climate Change Crisis – before it is way too late!

Everyone agreed, so as Artistic Director, Alicia searched for a single Playwright for SOUL to commission on this play tackling the Climate Change Crisis

She obtained the performing rights to The Australian Premiere of The Contingency Plan by UK playwright, Steve Waters. The Contingency Plan.

The Contingency Plan is composed of two full length plays, On the Beach and Resilience.

To assist with SOUL’s purpose of this Climate Change message, Alicia had previously curated various other art forms in addition to this production.

These creative events of music, poetry, photography, comedy, poetry and Climate Science speakers are an addition to the combination of Short Plays, with all creative endeavours aligning with the theme of Climate Change.

This has taken shape as Climamania: Festival of Short Plays and Music.

2012 – The Climamania Project Event Nr 4 (C4)

Soul Theatre’s fourth production for 2012 was The Climamania Project Event Nr 4 (C4).

ARTISTIC NOTES: Alicia had been trying to acquire Senator Bob Brown to speak on behalf of Climamania since November 2010, as they intermittently meet over the years, and inevitably discuss SOUL. Bob had agreed to help SOUL Theatre ever since 2002! At last, he delivered!
PURPOSE :
 
To highlight the unending concerns about the Climate Change Crisis
BENEFICIARY : SOUL’s Climamania Project

VENUE : Meat Market Arts Centre, North Melbourne
SEASON : Saturday November 10, 2012
DIRECTOR : Alicia Liley