We are producing a theatre piece, what becomes a triangle between a physicist studying climate change, his wife (a biologist), and an Emperor penguin during one Antarctic autumn, winter and spring.
We are aiming to do this in a production run as far as possible completely off-grid.
Echoing the real restrictions of life in the Antarctic, "Heat" will aim to be self-sustaining in energy. Lights, heat, sound, all stage energy needs will be powered as far as possible from low drain and/or renewable energy. The production will look, as the Antarctic stations are increasingly doing, to partnerships with companies developing sustainable, renewable power sources.
In 1957-8 there was an International Polar Year, the year in which the Antarctic Treaty was created to govern and protect the frozen continent which is so central to the life of the globe. In 2007-8 we are in the middle of the next International Polar Year. This a perfect moment for this kind of theatre. Once again in a time of challenge and ferment scientists, policy makers and governments are focussing on the unique, precious and fragile qualities of the polar worlds. It is, as always, and with increasing urgency, a place where scientific thought and the human quality intersect.
We are looking for partnerships in the alternative energy sector.
If anyone feels they can support, contribute, help problem-solve, we'd love to hear from you.
Some backgrounders on the production, apart from our aims concerning alternative energy, are that "Heat" is one of two productions commissioned for the STAB Festival of cutting edge theatre in Wellington in October/November this year. It has a stellar - in terms of NZ theatre and music - team. Gareth Farr, who scores the soundscape, is an international as well as a NZ star, the designer is Martyn Roberts, the director David O'Donnell, and "Heat" is written by Lynda Chanwai-Earle whose work appears nationally and internationally in film and on stage.
Talk to us. We'd love to hear from you.