Later today Iâ€™ll be putting up our own review of Steve Watersâ€™ new double-bill of plays about climate change The Contingency Plan, but in the meantime take theatre critic and environmental bloggerâ€™s Robert Butler of the Ashden Directoryâ€™s word forf it. These plays, he says, are â€œterrificâ€.
If thereâ€™s one line I had to choose from The Contingency Plan, Steve Watersâ€™s terrific new double-bill of plays about climate change, now on at the Bush Theatre in London, itâ€™s the moment when Will Paxton (Geoffrey Streatfeild), a young glaciologist, explains the concept of displacement to the new Tory minister for climate change. Having spelled out that ice is â€˜basically parked waterâ€™, Will warily predicts that the enormous West Antarctic Ice Sheet may well melt (much like the smaller Larsen B ice shelf).
â€˜But this is thousands of miles from us,â€™ chuckles the smooth Old Etonian minister (David Bark-Jones), whose schoolfriend, David Cameron, has become prime minister. Will replies with patience, â€˜If you pour water in the bath, it doesnâ€™t stay under the tap.â€™
Read Robert Butlerâ€™s review of The Contingency Plan at The Economistâ€™s Intelligent Life.
Read the Ashden Directory blog on The Contingency Plan.