So we’ve struggled and striven and tried, but the truth of the matter is, the online Zoom performances we had planned will no longer be possible. I’m gutted! But alas, it cannot be helped.
We had some personal matters on the crew that prevented us from putting on the first online show, and what with one thing and another (time, money, resources and availabilities), we’ve now come round to the position that we’re best placed to turn the whole project into a series of recordings.
So that’s what I’m doing. It’s actually really great to get back into recording, something I haven’t been doing so regularly these last few years. I like getting my teeth into a big project like this, and a recording as opposed to a live performance actually gives me a broader canvas to work on. I’m no longer constrained to a stage setup, but have the world of digital sound to play with.
One of the things that’s motivated this project is not so much the need to tell people about the climate crisis, but to see if we can find a new perspective on it. I think most people accept that we are at the beginning of something; the effects become more obvious every year.
But I also know that it’s easy to get used to it, to grow numb to it. I see in myself how this thing called climate change, one of the greatest threats humanity has ever faced, has become background noise in my life.
So I felt I needed to turn the volume up on it again. To get it out and have a look at it. But I also knew I didn’t want to engage with it as I had done in the past. I wanted to find a new perspective on it, I wanted to change my approach to the whole issue.
I’ve always known that as a performer the very least I can do is offer a space for people to look at the climate crisis, to explore how they feel about it. Now, with the help of some brilliant authors, the Adverse Camber production company and the Welsh Arts Council, I can do that.
Over the last year I’ve been working with the Adverse Camber production company to create a series of online storytelling performances called 4 Tales to Save the World.
We’ve created four finely crafted online events taking place every month from September, 2020, using music and live technology to create a new medium for storytelling.
Each of the four tales have been written by some of Wales’ best short story writers, and are set in four different futures, where climate crisis, inequality, mass extinction, genetics and artificial intelligence have all left their mark on humanity. Each story takes us on a different journey to the future, either finding hope, despair, or the simple humanity of people.
The first story is The Void by Bethan Dear, and will be told on September 19th. After the story there will also be a short film and a Q&A with the author followed by an open discussion with you, the audience.
If you would like to come, you can find tickets and more information on the Facebook event page: