Six new productions of Kill Local weather Deniers in 2020

From the 2018 Griffin Theatre manufacturing. Pic by Brett Boardman.

I’m actually excited to announce that there can be six new productions of Kill Local weather Deniers this 12 months, in six completely different cities.

Sydney College Drama Society – 11-21 March, Sydney
Monash College Pupil Theatre – 26 Might – 6 June, Melbourne
io Productions – 22 July – 1 Aug, Launceston, Tasmania
Canal Cafe Theatre – October, London
Švandovo divadlo – July-December, Prague
Canberra (secret) – July, Canberra

These are all badass firms and makers and I’m enthusiastic about each considered one of them. Should you’re in any of those cities: GO CHECK IT OUT.

It’s onerous for me to evaluate, however six new reveals appears like loads – it’s definitely extra productions of a brand new script than I’ve ever had earlier than.

As a lot as I need to declare all of the credit score for having written a superb play*, it appears to me that this burst of latest productions is a consequence of 2020. All the pieces caught fireplace. My dad and mom practically misplaced their residence. We had been handled to the pathetic efficiency of politicians gleefully shilling for fossil gasoline pursuits at the same time as 1000’s of individuals (my finest mates!) had been evacuating from their properties. We’re staring down the sheer nihilism of a political system prepared to sentence future generations to an unsure existence on a degraded biosphere.

Fuck these guys. I’ve by no means felt it extra urgently and fiercely.

Theatre, in fact, doesn’t change the world. Theatre can’t even change folks’s minds. (This present, I promise, isn’t ‘reaching throughout the aisle’ to transform anybody.) However what theatre can do is collect a gaggle of individuals collectively in a room and supply area to mirror and share. And that’s not nothing.

In conversations with the six firms producing the present, every of them has expressed that producing this play isn’t just concerning the finish consequence on stage – it’s additionally concerning the conversations they’re having in rehearsals, the fundraisers they’re holding for local weather charities, the activism they’re endeavor alongside the work… It appears like placing on this present is an excuse for organising and gathering forces, making good issues occur on the earth.

So I’m excited and proud and excited and scared and excited.

*I’m very pleased with the script, I received’t lie

aur01 1024x681 - Six new productions of Kill Local weather Deniers in 2020Are You Prepared? pic by Sarah Walker

I simply landed again in London after a month away working within the Philippines with my true loves the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, on our grand action-musical Are You Prepared To Take The Regulation Into Your Personal Palms? We did an attractive sold-out season in Melbourne, with some nice evaluations and a extremely beautiful response from the Filipino group.

V pleased with this overview

& this one!

Now again in London, and preparing for 4 issues:

Break Into The Aquarium
FutureFest, Fri 20 March
A model new interactive present wherein the viewers perform a heist on a significant cultural establishment. A deep dive into the world of rewilding and the way forward for ecology.

Considering Bigly: A Information To Saving The World
Theatre Deli, Thurs 26 March
The newest efficiency of Ben Yeoh and my performance-lecture about local weather options. Sadly bought out, however preserve a watch out for late launch tickets.

You’re Protected Til 2024: Deep Historical past
Theatre Deli, Wednes 1 April
The second episode of YST24, combining a deep historical past story of the final 75,000 years of human historical past with a minute-by-minute story of my hometown over new years eve three months in the past.

This can be a shock to our globally linked social-economic system, and as a contract playwright and performer, it’s already taking its toll. However we’re gonna get via this, and I’m decided to not be caught off guard by it. So it’s a superb time to do some state of affairs planning and assume via some potential outcomes.

My Considering Bigly colleague Ben Yeoh has written an attention-grabbing put up with reflections from his perspective within the well being/funding panorama.
I’m having fun with biologist Ian Mackay’s Virology Down Beneath weblog on the subject.
And this NYTimes piece made me need to ship a bunch of flowers and a thanks card to each single particular person in Wuhan. The hell these guys went via to purchase us these eight weeks – a lot love, a lot love.

aur02 1024x540 - Six new productions of Kill Local weather Deniers in 2020One closing shot from AUR – this one c/o Brandon Relucio – simply purely for my look of bemusement at JK’s outfit right here

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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