Production of Planet Parliament Now! is now in full swing. Salford theatre students have been very busy. The script is in its final edit stages, leading roles are cast and rehearsals begin in March. Our theatre is heavily influenced by Bertolt Brecht which is perfect for its environmental justice themes and should make life easy for our set designers.
On the film front, assignments are being handed out next week to cut short films to be used in our workshops and the performance itself. They are powerful, shocking and emotional testimonies of the damage done by the wildfires to the precious Amazon but one is a weather forecast. Will the news be good or bad?
Our conservation students are back from their field trip to the Amazon rainforest. They had a fantastic time and will be working on science posters which will brief our event participants on environmental issues underpinning our performance.
More on the science of climate change, the Amazon rainforest and biodiversity is coming soon. In the meantime, if you want a taster of the script here is how it opens:
SCRIPT – PLANET PARLIAMENT NOW! (VERSION FOUR)
1. DEBATING CHAMBER – MORNING
A darkened room with motionless figures (PARLIAMENTARIANS and GENERAL PUBLIC) sitting in rows, three sides of a square. A FIERY LIGHT [from a film they are watching] flickers across their transfixed faces. Somebody is walking behind them unnoticed.
2. AMAZON RAINFOREST, BIG SCREEN
FILM#1: a raging hellfire devours Amazon rainforest.
3. DEBATING CHAMBER – MORNING
The person walking around is CARMEN MACEDO. She is filming the Parliamentarians (LIBERATIONISTS and SURVIVALISTS) who sit in opposing camps. The GENERAL PUBLIC sit in their own row.
(narrating in hushed, urgent voice) Here I am, inside Planet Parliament. It is forbidden to film proceedings. “…” (disdainfully) Those are the Survivalists. An eco disaster is all they’ve been waiting for. “…” These are the Liberationists. They want to save the Amazon rainforest and liberate us all from the chains of capitalism.
Carmen looks at the film which concludes in burnt devastation and the image freezes with the words: HUMAN LIVES LOST: 1MILLION, ACRES BURNT: 30 MILLION; PLANET PARLIAMENT – EMERGENCY DEBATE, MARCH 2025
We need action – now!
The part of Carmen our feisty protagonist with be played by third year student Ellie Murphy who has also be working on the script and of course helping write her own part.