Wallace Heim writes:
Michael Billington in today’s Guardian nominates Ten Billion as the ‘mostÂ momentous theatrical performance’ of 2012. The show was a lecture by StephenÂ Emmott, at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, on the consequences of human overpopulation and climate change.
Billington writes:Â ‘I came out shaking with fear, but also moved by theatre’s capacity toÂ confront the emergency facing our planet.
‘This was theatre doing what it does best: confronting us with unpalatableÂ facts about our very existence. This doesn’t mean that there is no room forÂ invented stories or that King Lear and The Lion King have suddenly becomeÂ redundant. But Ten Billion, directed by Katie Mitchell, shocked us into aÂ new awareness of the future, and even the existing present, with ecosystemsÂ being destroyed, the atmosphere polluted, temperatures rising and a billionÂ people facing water shortages.
‘I don’t know a single person who saw it whoÂ didn’t feel it was a life-changing experience. If enough people, especiallyÂ those in positions of power, could see Emmott’s lecture, it might, justÂ might, help to save our planet from destruction’.
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