This project was born out of a desire to bring together the arts and science in a unique way... As jury members, you will have to question your own morals.
The year is 2061. The world as we know it has changed. You are part of the first ever trial to decide the fate of an individual who has broken a climate law. You, the audience, are the jury.
As jury members, you will have to question your own morals, debate on climate change, consider geographical privilege and decide on the outcome of the show.
Born out of a desire to bring together arts and science, this project explores themes around climate change and sustainability, offering audiences a uniquely interactive experience as they investigate the future of Greater Manchester.
Ergon has been commissioned by Re:Con, a group of young creatives who are curating an artistic project, supported by Contact Theatre, Manchester.
Commissioned by Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
This show has content warnings, please read in full here.
Friday’s performance will feature a post-show discussion with special guests Ishaa Asim, Marta Baltruszewicz, Noé Sébert, Sam Black, Robin Lyons and Kerrell Walley. Co-chaired by Elizabeth Peace and Ella Dufton.
Ishaa Asim is a social justice and climate activist based in Manchester. She was the former Youth MP for Manchester and is a co-founder of Youth Strike MCR. Ishaa has been involved in a variety of campaigns on a local and national level, always aiming to represent youth voice.
Marta Baltruszewicz is a Post Graduate Researcher at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. In a quest for finding the answer to how we can achieve living well within limits, Marta is analysing the energy footprints of British households and linking them to their well-being outcomes. Through her research, she shows that perpetual energy growth and increased consumption are not necessarily the answer to better living.
Marta is Polish, and after studying abroad has worked across Europe. During 8years in Norway, Marta worked as a researcher on several European projects including one on households willingness to reduce their carbon footprint and what would they give up if pushed to reduce their footprint by 50%-with very interesting findings around what people perceived to be a necessity.
Kerrell Walley is a Climate Change Manager at Wigan Council in Greater Manchester. Kerrell’s role involves strategically leading on the Council’s response to the climate emergency. Kerrell’s academic background lies within Earth Science and specifically Geology, and are currently studying for an MSc in Climate Justice to add a social and humanitarian lens on Kerrell’s existing knowledge. Kerrell is particularly focussed on researching climate and intersectionality, as well as the role of food as a tool to improve local health and climate adaptation. Kerrell’s career began working within the energy sector for SMEs focussing on energy efficiency. Beyond this kerrell spent most of their working life working as a Geo-Environmental Scientist for an environmental consultancy, before moving over to local authority.
Ella Dufton is a freelance facilitator and youth worker based in Greater Manchester with an interest in using creativity to start conversations with young people around important issues. Ella is part of the Re:Con team and is looking forward to co-chairing this panel discussion.
Elizabeth Peace is a multi-disciplinary artist working in theatre, film, and TV. She studied at the University of Manchester before relocating to London, where she is currently producing her debut short film, The Golden Boy. The motivation behind her work is an enduring interest in people, she also touches on the African diaspora and racial environmental justice. Elizabeth is part of the Re:Con team and is looking forward to co-chairing this panel discussion.
Noé Sébert is a French/British actor, writer, poet, rapper and co-founder of Ergon Theatre Company. Acting works include: Gerry in Liaison (Apple TV), Cobra: Cyberwar (Sky One), #GETHELP (Manchester Tour). Poetry works include: A Place Nobody Knows (House of Commons), A Place Nobody Knows: Digital (BBC Radio Manchester).
Sam Black is an actor, writer, deviser and co-founder of Ergon Theatre Company. He made his professional stage debut playing Armand in the Olivier award-winning show ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’ at the Playhouse Theatre in London and is excited to announce his upcoming screen debut in a Hollywood franchise. He is passionate about telling stories that platform the difficulties and nuances within the climate crisis.
Robin Lyons is a theatre maker, writer, climate speaker and performer. Pre-Lockdown Robin toured in Hidden by Louise Wallwein which won Best Performance at the Manchester Culture Awards. Other theatre credits include M6 Theatre and New Earth. Robin is set to make his tv debut in 2022. As a co-founder of Ergon Theatre, Robin leads empowerment workshops about the climate crisis, speaks regularly at conferences and will run Carbon Literacy Training for organisations from 2022.
Access & Socially Distanced Performances
- This show has content and trigger warnings, please read in full here.
- There will be a BSL performance of this show on Fri 5 Nov at 7:30pm, interpreted by Karl Llorca.
- There will be a captioned performance of this show on Sat 6 Nov at 7:30.
- We have a socially distanced performance of this show on Wed 3 Nov 7:30pm. Go to our Your Visit page here, for more details on visiting our building.
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Performed by: Sam Black, Robin Lyons, Noé Sébert
Created by: Catt Belcher, Sam Black, Robin Lyons, Noé Sébert
Written by: Robin Lyons, Noé Sébert
Bokhul: Halema Hussain
Bacca: Afreena Islam-Wright
Green PM: Zoe Iqbal
Reporter: Becky Bowe
Recon Producers: Jamie Lee, Vick Podemska, Elizabeth Peace, Ella Dufton
Supported by Creative Producer: Roxy Moores
Director: Emmy Lahouel
Sound: Robin Lyons
Video: Bloody Bandit Productions
Dramaturg: Kayleigh Hawkins
Deviser: Becky Bowe