Kill Climate Deniers

4th Jun 2019 - 28th Jun 2019

Downstairs - Pleasance London

8pm, 6pm, 3:30pm

Suitable for ages 14 and above


Important information:

This performance contains strong language, depictions of violence, adult themes, strobe and flashing lights

“People of the internet, people of the world, you wanna see your Environment Minister SOLVE some shit, this is the soundtrack…”

What happens when the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics?!

Environment Minister Gwen Malkin's plan to stop climate change is rudely interrupted when a group of eco-terrorists storm Australia's Parliament House during a Fleetwood Mac concert. Blending fact and fiction, David Finnigan’s bold new satire is a manic spin on a world on the brink of turmoil.

David Finnigan's Kill Climate Deniers won the Griffin Playwriting Award ahead of its 2018 premiere in Australia, where it provoked, enraged and delighted audiences and critics alike. Prepare to experience the European premiere of one of the most daring and important plays of the decade, with all the early-90s techno you can eat.

A daring new play that asks - what would it take to actually stop climate change dead in its tracks? Science? Recycling? Experts? Or maybe: techno, guns and revolution?!


Felicity Ward
(Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2018, and has appeared on 'The Guilty Feminist Podcast', 'Live From the BBC’, ‘Mock The Week’ and in the box office smash-hit ‘The Inbetweeners Movie 2’)

Bec Hill (multi-award winning Australian stand-up comedian. Starred in 2014 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner 'Russian Roulette', and co-wrote and starred in the award-winning five-star Fringe hit 'Bec and Tom's Awesome Laundry')

Kelly Paterniti (best known for her roles in 'Home and Away', 'Packed to the Rafters' and award-winning film 'Sleeping Beauty'. Stage credits include: 'A Flea in her Ear' for Sydney Theatre Company; 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'As You Like It' for Bell Shakespeare.)

Hannah Ellis Ryan (recently seen on screens playing villain Hannah Gilmore in ITV's Coronation Street. Theatre credits include: 'The River', Elysium Theatre Company; ‘The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet ' and 'Things We Want', Hope Mill Theatre)

Nathan Coenen (Trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and recent stage credits include: 'Much Ado About Nothing', The Lord Chamberlain's Men. In Australia he is often remembered for the role of Simon in 'The Sleepover Club 2')

Director: Nic Connaughton
Assistant Director: Valerie Christiansen
Designer: Prinx Lydia
Lighting Designer: Geoff Hense
Sound Designer: Kirsty Gilmore
Video &AV Designer: Will Monks
Movement Director: Rubyyy Jones
Stage Manager: Ffion Loynes


Saturday 8 June - post 20:00 performance
Bechdel Theatre Audience Discussion
Join in with a relaxed audience-led conversation on the themes of the show, hosted by Bechdel Theatre - the campaign and podcast about gender and representation on stage.

Sunday 9 June
Staging Change: Sustainability

Brought to you by Staging Change and Sustainable Fringe get ready for a full day of workshops and panel discussions. Full details here.

Wednesday 12 June
Meet the Cast Post-Show Q&A

Join the cast as they discuss the rehearsal process and how they brought the characters and situations of Kill Climate Deniers to the stage!

Saturday 15 June
EcoMarket 13:00 - 15:30 | 17:00 - 19:00

See what's to offer in the world of eco-companies. Head to the Downstairs carpark for everything from sustainable clothes to eco food.

Wednesday 19 June
Environmental Activism Post Show Q&A

Hot off their London take over Extinction Rebellion are joined by Green Peace to discuss environmental activism and how to lobby for change.

Saturday 22 June
Thinking Bigly: Work-In-Progress 18:00 - 19:00

A work-in-progress performance about sustainability and how you, finance and policy can be part of the solution. By Kill Climate Deniers playwright David Finnigan and UK theatre-maker Ben Yeoh.

Tuesday 25th June
Meet the Creatives Post Show Q&A

Join playwright David Finnigan and director Nic Connaughton to discuss the history of the play, as well as how the play was approached for a UK audience.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no latecomers or re-admission)

Open/closeReviews and Quotations

comes to life with a fury that is as funny as it is fierce. Kill Climate Deniers is an evening exceptionally well spent!
5 stars
The Upcoming on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
pulls few punches with a great many laughs along the way
5 stars
Theatre News on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
had me alternately gasping with laughter and staring down the barrel of one of the biggest crises of the modern day
5 stars
Theatre Box on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
Kill Climate Deniers is a surreal attempt to figure out the unsolvable. That it does so in such a radical and revolutionary way makes this a work of genius in itself, but this particular company adds its own colour, fun and heart to create something extra special and unmissable in N7
4 stars
The Reviews Hub on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
Kill Climate Deniers is an extraordinarily daring play that is a political rally for saving our environment
4 stars
A Younger Theatre on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
joyful, skilfully played and, most importantly of all, laugh-out-loud funny. Book a ticket and lift your spirits, London
4 stars
Everything Theatre on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
a hilarious, fourth-wall-breaking action comedy with a conscience and a cracking soundtrack. If this were a film, you would want to buy the cd!
London Theatre Reviews on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
This play never preaches despite its urgent messages; instead, once again it shows that laughter is the best weapon
4 stars
Sadie Takes The Stage on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
The questionable ‘fun’ of the title sums up the tensions that David Finnigan’s writing and Nic Connaughton’s direction unpack; tensions between laugh-out-loud comedy and the very real tragedy of our warming planet
Spy in the Stalls on Kill Climate Deniers European premiere
Creates a thrilling, almost dangerous theatrical experience where anything could happen, no laugh-line is too weird and we accept an Environment Minister shooting an activist and then posing for Instagram pictures without a second thought.
4 stars
TimeOut Sydney on the 2018 Australian production
No climate change deniers were killed in the making of this production.... a fast and furious eco-satire, with rapid-fire gags, clever staging and one of the best soundtracks to reach a Sydney stage.
4 stars
Sydney Morning Herald on the 2018 Australian production

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