Introduction. Reading plays in the Anthropocene


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

A play set in a single room struggles to tell how the actions of one country play out in another


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Simon Gray wrote 30 plays. The one set in Central Africa offers a clue to the climate crisis

Simon Gray on the back cover of “Gray: Plays One”


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Weird weather and migrating terns — but what about burning fossil fuels?

Detail from the front cover of “Weather” by Jenny Offill. Cover photograph @ Getty Images


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Any great shift requires new images, metaphors and stories

“The Sun”. Photo by Rajiv Bajaj on Unsplash


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Seven thousand miles separate whether this picture is highly visible or almost invisible


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

The king, the worm, the fish and the beggar are all one story


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

When he moved south, the plays flowed “so quick and exciting from the pen”

Photo: Anne-Marie Duff by Dean Chalkley

READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

But he couldn’t imagine where people he saw on the station platform were heading


READING PLAYS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Robert Butler

Top writer in Climate Change. PhD in Geography. Theatre books: “Art of Darkness” and “Alchemist Exposed”. Co-editor: Culture & Climate Change

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