DONT READ THE COMMENTS
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared. It won’t hurt you. It’s
The internet is an angry place. They say you shouldn’t
read the comments. But what if you do? All of them? And what if they’re about
climate change? And theatre? Just how bad can things get in the post-truth age
when ideology runs rampant and anonymous madmen (some women, but mostly men)
burn and rave from behind their keyboards?
READ THE COMMENTS is an indictment, a battle royal, and a party for one.
Anything can happen when the trolls come out to play.
In 2014, playwright David Finnigan was commissioned by
Canberra’s Aspen Island Theatre to create a play about climate change. The
result was Kill Climate Deniers, a multi-platform work combining theatre,
music, and live performance that pissed off a lot of people – including Andrew
Bolt and politician Brendan Smyth.
READ THE COMMENTS picks up where Finnigan’s play left off, presenting an
unexpurgated performance of the comments submitted to Guardian writer Kate Hennessy’s 2016 article about the play.
Conceived and directed by Adelaide playwright Ben Brooker, and featuring Elliot
Howard and Lucy Slattery, this work-in-development showing comes at a time when
Australia’s climate and energy debate seems more heated than ever before.