Climate Change Clowns
Rebus’ Artistic Director Robin Davidson spent a week at the beautiful DreamFarm Village EcoArts Retreat in Huonville Tasmania, directing Crankit Theatre in a clown show about climate change. This culminated in a work-in-progress showing in the town of Cygnet, just south of Hobart, that featured businessmen donning snorkels to continue their business-as-usual, clowns trying to become trees, and a rather unusual rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine. The audience of about thirty engaged in constructive conversations about what theatre can usefully say about climate change, and if it is something we can laugh at. The piece was performed by Gai Anderson, Shelley Cusiter and Alkeiya Brown with music from Theo Vandersman and Elisse Kleiner. Crankit hopes to bring the show to full performance next year. Thanks to DreamFarm and Cygnet Arts Council for their generous support for the project.