REFE Project

children on stage

Theatre Play

A theatre play exploring environmental themes will be developed. It will have as its goal the creative dissemination of the main message of the project – the necessity of climate protection.

Entitled “From the Depth of the Ocean” the play starts with a rehearsal of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, where Titania and Oberon, the king and the queen of the fairies, quarrel. Strangely enough, although written 425 years ago, this can also be interpreted as (perhaps the first ever) environmental speech as Titania sadly notices “And through this distemperature we see the seasons alter“.

In “From the Depth of the Ocean”, we also receive an insight into how theatre works. The Shakespeare rehearsal is followed by facts and figures about the climate crisis, overuse of resources, population growth, extinction of species, etc. The facts are so dramatic, that it will keep the audience almost hooked to their seats. Scenes and collages, pantomime and music, will be held together by a love story and by poetic moments. The play will end with a plea to the audience not to stay in their seats but take action and shift their priorities towards protecting nature.

 

Below is an abstract from the play, which is planned to be the second scene:

An old homeless woman

She is sorting her perfectly tucked and arranged pieces of clothing, moving them from one shopping cart to the other. In the background, one can see a beautiful park, the “Burggarten”. It is winter. The scene is accompanied by suitable sounds and noises.

Tramp: (mumbles incomprehensibly at first, then increasingly clearly) Holes, holes, they are digging everywhere. Deep holes. There are holes everywhere. What for? What for? No one knows. Why? Holes. Here. Everywhere. Deep in the earth. Everything unfinished. In the whole world. Holes. Holes are graves. Graves for people who don’t know why they are digging. Big holes for little people. They then fall in the holes. The people in the holes are cold. Brr. (Pause) Where is my life?