Parts Per Million – Theatre Project about Climate Change

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Apr ’13
6:00 pm

Parts Per Million is a theatre project to explore our thoughts and feelings about living in a rapidly changing climate, and what we want to express about this.

Parts Per Million aims to create a safe space where can we use our bodies, minds, hearts and voices to explore and express. We will draw on techniques from Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Deep Ecology to work out what we want to say about climate and how to say it. We will use action brainstorming techniques to come up with possible artistic interventions to support community dialogue and action on climate change. I hope that some kind of on-going group will come out of this process, but there is no commitment beyond June 21.

Anyone who is concerned about our changing climate and wishes to enter a process to explore their concern is welcome. No previous theatre experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.

Cost: Free!

Dates, times and places:

Monday evenings, 6-9pm at the Downer Community Centre, from April 8. There will also be an intensive weekend on June 15-16, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, and an informal performance on Friday June 21 at 7pm. There will be a workshop on June 10, Queens Birthday long weekend Monday.

The project will be led by Robin Davidson, a local theatre director, teacher and actor, and sometimes environmental activist. Robin has a lifelong passion for the use of theatre as a tool to bring about social change. He is a founding member of Canberra Playback Theatre, and has recently worked with playback theatre in Sri Lanka as a tool for peace-building and trauma recovery. He has worked with the Mental Health Foundation ACT since 2007 on a series of plays about living with mental illness. He is currently employed as a part-time Community Cultural Inclusion Officer at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Melissa Gryglewska is assisting on the project. Melissa is a budding human geographer and theatre maker, often seen doing roving performance at festivals and events. She is a certified DanceAbility teacher, has co-facilitated inclusive drama and dance classes at Canberra Dance Theatre, Ainslie Arts Centre, and Downer Community Centre; and directed a community theatre project at the National Archives of Australia for the Enlighten Festival.

What else?
Please bring snacks to share during a break, and wear loose comfortable clothing for moving in.

How can I join?
Places are limited. To apply for a place, please email Robin at with the following information:

Name, email and phone number(s);
Why would you like to be a part of this project?
A brief summary of previous performance experience including any performance skills you are open to using in the project (eg, musical instrument, dance, circus);
Any injuries, health problems or disabilities that we might need to know about.
An initiative of SEE-Change and the Community Cultural Inclusion Program of Belconnen Arts Centre, supported by the ACT Government.


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