Past event

Burnt out: one Australian's experience of our changing climate Performance and post-show discussion

This performance is BSL interpreted.

Weaving spoken word and movement, Penny uses her own experiences to take us on a journey through Australia's devastating bushfires, through their ignition and devastation, leaving us with space to ponder how we got here.

Embedded in its soundscape are sounds from Black Summer – of magpies that have learned to mimic emergency sirens, of the shark sirens used to draw attention to the fire-blackened skies, and of helicopters circling overhead. Original music from Paul Michael Henry is interwoven with the delicate lighting of David Bowes.

Bringing together both past and future, fact and personal lived account, ‘Burnt out' is at once an intimate personal story and a universal meditation and reflection on our changing climate.

“The show emerges from the smoke as a moving meditation on Australia's attitude to the environment.” The Stage

The show will run for 50 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with leading expert on eco-anxiety, Dr Bridget Bradley, Lecturer in Social Anthropology at St Andrews.

Bridget's work explores themes of mental health, kinship and activism, and she has conducted long-term fieldwork in Britain. Her recent research project, ‘Eco Worrier, Eco Warrior', investigated experiences of eco-anxiety and family life among climate activists in the UK. At St Andrews, she teaches courses on global and planetary health and, in her spare time, she leads a voluntary organisation supporting people with complex mental disorders and their families.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Byre Theatre website.