Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The award winning play “Kill Climate Deniers” is back.
How a climate change play got Bolt and Breitbart News hot under the collar
FEBRUARY 17 2018 – 11:45PM
Playwright David Finnigan has a slew of conservative commentators to thank for reshaping his new play Kill Climate Deniers.
The provocative play centres on a militant cell of eco-activists who take the audience hostage during a concert at Parliament House. Led by charismatic spokeswoman Catch, they demand Australia immediately cease all carbon emissions and coal exports – or they’ll start executing their 1700 hostages. The embattled Environment Minister has no choice but to pick up a gun and stand up for her ideals.
Such was the controversy around the play’s performance in the nation’s capital a few years back it had to be cancelled.
“It completely blew up,” recalls Finnigan. “I was getting messages from Americans in Kansas and Idaho who had seen his criticism through Fox TV so we had to cancel moving ahead. There was too much risk – the Abbott government had just introduced new legislation around anti-terrorism and we thought it was too risky – we didn’t want to reignite a culture war,” he said.
“It’s really only politicians and some members of the media who deny climate change these days … this is a way to keep the climate change conversation going in an imaginitive and fictional way – it asks the audience to think about what sort of world they want to be living in 30 years from now,” he says.
The play website provides the following helpful description;
… Lee Lewis will direct this controversial take on the climate change ‘debate’ in Australia. It’s a play within a play, an action film inside a documentary, a satire inside a rave. It is the kind of play the major theatre companies can’t put on. It’s why Griffin exists.
It’s Kill Bill meets Tim Flannery, and it’s all true. The science is real. The media fracas is real. Only the blood is fake. No one dies…at least, not yet. Come join the party. …
What can I say? The kind of people who think a climate video which features exploding schoolchildren is funny likely also have no problem seeing the “provocative” side of a fantasy gun hostage situation – as long as the fictional threat of violence is aimed at their political opponents.
The following is a short mock news video produced by “Kill Climate Deniers” author David Finnigan, which fantasises about the aftermath of real terrorists inspired by his script attacking Australia’s parliament and taking hostages.