Friday 17th May and Saturday 18th May, 7:30pm - 9:30pm 

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It’s the 29th June 2022, the day after the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill has come into effect in the UK. Meg and Tash, two young climate activists, decide to document how protest is affected in the next year. A lot can happen in a year. This is their story.

‘The Planet Is _____’ is a verbatim musical about climate justice, friendship and what it means to be an activist. Written by Natasha Pavey and Meg McGrady, the show has been created from poetry written and interviews captured between June 2022 and June 2023. 

Friday Q&A: ‘Empowering Change: How To Get Involved with Climate Activism’ - A panel Q&A talk with representatives from different climate movements like Green New Deal Rising, Stop Cambo / Rosebank, Fossil Free London, and Just Stop Oil invited as guest speakers to discuss what it’s like getting into climate activism and reflecting on the content presented in the show.

Saturday Q&A: ‘Amplifying Voices: How Verbatim and Political Theatre Influences Change’ - A theatre-making focused talk with artists like Forristal and Clarke invited as guest speakers to discuss how to make work that seeks to shift public opinion through forms of theatre like verbatim whilst reflecting on the use of verbatim in ‘The Planet Is_____’.

Praise for Meg McGrady’s Previous Work The Phase’:

**** “Meg McGrady’s score is upbeat and lively at times and filled with emotion at others.” - Lost In Theatreland

**** “It is a complete delight to experience a new British musical with both a catchy and structurally sophisticated score that matches its quick, witty and emotionally intelligent book pound for pound.” - All That Dazzles 


Credits 

Written and Performed by Natasha Pavey and Meg McGrady

Interviews by Natasha Pavey

Composed by Meg McGrady

Featured Interviews From... Phoebe L Hansen, Rianka Gill, Edred Whittingham, Scarlett Westbrook, Jonathan Stirling, Aaron Bailey, Harry Smith, Fi Quekett, Akshita Brahma, Sharon Pavey-Jones, and Catherine McGrady.

Featured Words From... Priti Patel, Suella Braverman, BBC News, Sky News, Indigo Rumbelow, GB News, Just Stop Oil, Phoebe Plummer, Lauren MacDonald, Novara Media, ITV Evening News, JOE, Reuters, Extinction Rebellion, Adam Boulton, Piers Morgan, Christine Hamilton, Good Morning Britain, Nigel Evans, Ed Milliband, Chris Bryant, Eleanor Laing, Marvina Eseoghene Newton, Alaska, Laura, Rosie, Robert Jenrick, Green New Deal Rising, The Independent, Lisa Minerva Luxx, Naomi Smith, Best For Britain, Nadia Whittome, Jolyon Rubinstein, Channel Four News, The Guardian, The Sun, Talk TV, Guardian News, The Telegraph, Associated Press, Rich Felgate, and Fossil Free London.


About this performance 

Age guidance: This performance is recommended for ages 13+.

Content warning: There will be heavy discussions around climate anxiety, the climate crisis, racism, infringement of human rights, and migrant injustice. There will be swearing and mentions of arrest, police brutality, missing children, alcohol use and transphobia. The piece will use loud music, high pitch sounds, sudden sounds, moments of audience interaction and blackouts.

Duration: This performance will be 1 hour long, with a 50 minute post show Q&A.

Interval: This performance has a 5 minute interval.

Post show discussion: This performance has a 50 minute post show discussion. 

Tickets: Tickets are Pay What You Can and available through Eventbrite


Accessibility 

  • All shows will be relaxed performances.
  • A visual story will be available for audiences  
  • There will be signage about sensory warnings near the entrance to the performance. 
  • Audiences will be able to request an access booklet which goes into details around these sensory warnings. 

See our Accessibility Guide for information about access in our venue. 


Find out more about Natasha Pavey and Meg McGrady

Natasha Pavey (she/her) and Meg McGrady (they/them) are early career theatre makers, creative producers and climate justice activists. The pair strive to make compelling work around climate activism, politics, and community using musical theatre and verbatim theatre as their basis and writing from lived experience. They met studying BA (Hons) Theatre and Social Change at Rose Bruford where they began to collaborate and wrote their debut show, ‘The Planet Is_____’.

Natasha Pavey

Website www.natashapavey.uk

Instagram: @natashapaveyuk

Facebook: /natasha.pavey.96

Twitter/X: @natashapaveyuk

Meg McGrady

Website: www.megmcgrady.co.uk  

Instagram: @megmcgrady

Twitter/X: @megmcgrady


SHIFT+SPACE

This performance is part of the SHIFT+SPACE programme 

Theatre Deli’s SHIFT+SPACE programme is a free performance opportunity for artists to present their work that needs an audience to develop, where artists keep 100% of the Box Office! 

Find out more about the SHIFT+SPACE programme here.