Planet Parliament Now! is participative theatre set in the not-too-distant or unlikely future. Climate change has caused catastrophic droughts in the Amazon and the rainforest is burning. Planet Parliament meets to decide how to protect it.
Planet Parliament is a supranational body whose purpose is to protect our planet on which all life depends. Two parties dominate: the Liberationists and the Survivalists. The Liberationists believe capitalism is to blame for mankind’s exploitation of Nature (and man’s inhumanity towards man). The Survivalists believe in the survival of the fittest and that if mankind destroys the planet on which they depend for life, they deserve to die. One side wants the rich to pay to save the Amazon rainforest. The other thinks it is a waste of tax payers’ money.
The motion to be debated, tabled by the Survivalists: it is too late to save the Amazon rainforest.
THE SURVIVALIST LEADER
The Survivalist Leader is a passionate believer that Nature rules and the first rule of Nature is the survival of the fittest. Mankind is a creature like any other in the fight for survival and is the instrument of its own destruction. The fires in the Amazon rainforest are the eco-disaster his party have been waiting for. But what happens when he comes face to face with the death of a decent innocent? And what happens when the future of more innocents stands before him as Child?
ACTIVISTS – CARMEN and BRAGA
Carmen is our feisty and passionate heroine. She and Braga have infiltrated Planet Parliament to mobilise ordinary people to take action together, to save the Amazon rainforest and our planet.
RICH AMAZONIAN ROBERTO TRANI and SPEAKER
Roberto Trani (above) is a rich and powerful Amazonian who heads up Forest SOS, a global sustainable forestry business.
Speaker (above, right) is in charge of order in the House. He is meant to meant to be , honest and incorruptible to ensure unbiased debate.
‘POOR’ AMAZONIANS – GOD-MOTHER and CHILD
God-Mother and Child are Xana people of the Amazon forest. God-Mother is the voice of Nature itself and Child represents the future. Called to give witness to Parliament about the impact of fires they want their voices heard.
The Speaker calls on Poor and Rich Amazonians to give witness to the House as to the disastrous consequences for the fires. He calls on Scientists to deliver their expert opinion on the causes and whether the Amazon rainforest can still be saved. The action then take an unexpected turn…..
Live streamed performance 20th March 2019
Sir David Attenborough – the Voice of the People at the UN’s most recent Climate Change Conference #COP24