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Headlong, Barbican and Belgrade Theatre present

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

by Miranda Rose Hall

Miranda Rose Hall’s darkly funny, life-affirming show is a bold experiment in eco theatre-making, co-produced by the Barbican and Headlong.

“The difference between death and extinction is this: death is to cease to exist. Extinction is to extinguish. I think of death as individual. Extinction is collective.”

Naomi is part of a theatre company who have made a play especially for you, those living through extinction, but the actors haven’t shown up yet. In the meantime, Naomi has a plan.

This innovative one woman show takes us on a life-changing journey to confront the urgent ecological disaster that is unfolding around us. Part ritual, part battle cry, and powered by bicycles, this fiercely feminist off-grid production is a moving exploration of what it means to be human in an era of man-made extinction.

Sharing learning from Europe and Katie Mitchell, Headlong present an innovative touring model, the first of its kind in the UK, which sees a play tour, while the people do not.

The Barbican hosts the beginning of this journey wherein each city a blueprint of the show will be uniquely brought to life by a different team of theatre makers in each venue. It forms part of a ground-breaking international experiment in reimagining theatre in a climate crisis.

Headlong will partner with and stage the play at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, New Vic Stoke, Theatre Royal Plymouth, York Theatre Royal, and Shakespeare North. Further venues, casting and creative teams to be announced shortly.