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  • 27 May – 25 Jun 23 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)


Written by David Finnigan
Directed by Carissa Licciardello

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 27 May – 25 Jun 23
  • Duration 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    Scenes from the Climate Era includes the use of strobe lighting.

    Some elements of the show’s design may affect people with coeliac disease. Masks will be available on request. If you have any concerns, please contact our box office.

    Should you wish to speak to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

  • Supported by
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    • Patty Akopiantz & Justin Punch

Life, love, and making money, as things heat up.

Massive artificial reefs. Mirror clouds. Zombie mice.

Beaches where once there were none.

Travelling the world when aeroplanes are gone.

How we deal with big, breathtaking ideas – and the crazy excitement of living in hope.

It’s sixty-five short scenes – comic, tragic, and everything in between.

Jam-packed with info, humanity and truth, but never wagging its finger in your face, Scenes From the Climate Era is a play about now. About the choices we made yesterday, and the difficult beauty of tomorrow.

We read this and simply had to do it, we haven’t had a script that’s generated quite as much energy as this one. David is a climate expert as well as a playwright, and the sheer dramatic impact of his expertise is thrilling, frightening, invigorating. It’s not a play that wags its finger, it’s terrifically smart and human. If you’re looking for something about the big issues of this era, here’s a piece of theatre for you. – Eamon

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  • David Finnigan
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    David Finnigan is a playwright and game designer from Ngunnawal country. He works with climate andearth scientists to create theatre and games about complex systems and planetary transformation.His six-part performance series about climate change, You’re Safe, has been presented at the BarbicanLondon, the Sydney Opera House, ArtScience Singapore and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.David’s […]

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  • Carissa Licciardello
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    Carissa Licciardello is a Resident Director at Belvoir. She was previously an Artistic Associate for the company and its inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellow. She graduated from NIDA’s Directing course in 2017. Her credits include: for Belvoir – as Director/Co-Adaptor, A Room of One’s Own; as Associate Director, Fangirls 2019; as Assistant Director, Counting & Cracking; Ghosts. For Sydney Theatre Company, as […]

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  • Cast

  • Harriet Gordon-Anderson
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    Harriet’s theatre credits include the titular role in Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare), BoxingDay BBQ (Ensemble Theatre), Anatomy of a Suicide (Sugary Rum), In a Nutshell(Bell Shakespeare), The Museum of Modern Love (Sydney Festival), UlsterAmerican (Outhouse), The Miser (Bell Shakespeare), Picnic at Hanging Rock(Malthouse / Black Swan, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, The Barbican London),Kindertransport (Darlinghurst Theatre), You […]

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  • Abbie-Lee Lewis
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    Abbie-Lee Lewis is a Kalkadoon actress who trained on the Aboriginal Theatre and Acting courses at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth.Her credits include Seanna Van Helten’s Fallen, directed by Penny Harpham, for Sport for Jove; Our Town, directed by Clare Watson, for the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia; a […]

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  • Brandon McClelland
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    Brandon graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2012. Brandon’s theatre credits include: Wayside Bride, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, and Packer & Sons, with Belvoir; The Deep Blue Sea, A Cheery Soul, Saint Joan, Three Sisters, The Present (Broadway Season), A Midsummers Night’s Dream, The Golden Age, The Present, Suddenly Last Summer, and […]

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  • Ariadne Sgouros
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    Ariadne Sgouros graduated from NIDA in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.Most recently Ariadne has been on stage in Belvoir’s production of Scenes from the Climate Era,Never Closer (Belvoir 25a) and in Shitty (Belvoir 25a).During her time at NIDA, Ariadne performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eurydike and Orpheus,and The Show That […]

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  • Charles Wu
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    Charles Wu is one of Australia’s most exciting actors of stage and screen. Charles graduated from NIDA in 2014 and is well known for his work on popular series Doctor Doctor. Charles’ other television credits include Summer Love, The Letdown, Harrow, Here Come the Habibs, and Secret City. He was also seen in feature film […]

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  • Creatives

  • Nick Schlieper
    Set & Lighting Designer
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    Nick Schlieper has designed for all of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and works regularly in Europe and the USA. He is one of Australia’s most highly awarded designers having received seven Sydney Critics Awards (two for set design and 5 for lighting design), six Melbourne Green Room Awards, the inaugural 2013 Australian […]

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  • Ella Butler
    Costume Designer
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    Ella is a Sydney-based designer for theatre, film and live performance. In film, Ella has worked as the series Set Decorator on ‘Born To Spy’ (SBS, Aquarius), ‘While The Men Are Away’ (SBS, Arcadia) and Art Director on the experimental, operatic film ‘A Delicate Fire’ with Pinchgut Opera. In collaboration with CATSinAM, The Congress of […]

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  • David Bergman
    Composer & Sound Designer
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    David is a video, music and sound designer for theatre, dance, opera, installation, and film. Theatre credits include: composer and sound designer for Scenes from the Climate Era, sound designer for Into the Woods, video designer for Blue, co-sound designer for Packer and Sons (Belvoir); video designer for Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Clement Rukundo
    Assistant Director
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    Clement Rukundo is an African Australian actor and theatre Director who recently moved from South Australia to Sydney. He is the Founder and Producer of Unheard Collective. Scenes from the Climate Era is his Belvoir debut. Other theatre credits as a Director include Journey (Soul Lounge/ActNow Theatre); Unheard (Adelaide Festival Centre). As Assistant Director Chalkface […]

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  • Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
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    Vaishnavi Suryaprakash is an actor, dancer and emerging writer. She completed her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, in 2017 and also holds an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University. Her theatre credits include Counting and Cracking, Life of Galileo and Sami in Paradise for Belvoir; Grand Horizons, White Pearl and Julius Caesar […]

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  • Rikiah Lizarraga
    Observing Director
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    Rikiah Lizarraga’s works centralize empathy in unconventional methods to be at the core of her audience experience. She is a proud queer, POC and disabled artist who actively works to see her communities represented in roles both on and off stages across Australia’s theatre scene. As a multifaceted creative, she has acted, written and directed […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Holding the Man, Master and Margarita, The Weekend, Scenes from the Climate Era, Blessed Union, The Jungle and the Sea, Tell Me I’m Here, Opening Night, The Boomkak Panto, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things […]

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  • Christopher Starnawski
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Christopher Starnawski graduated Sydney University, having studied a B.Music & B.Arts, with apassion for Stage Management & Photography. Recent notable shows include Amadeus (Red LineProductions & Sydney Opera House); The Lovers (Bell Shakespeare); Losing It (Megan Bennetts); LaTraviata (Opera Australia); Macbeth (Sport For Jove); Jekyll & Hyde (Hayes Theatre); The 7 DeadlySins & Mahagonny Songspiel, […]

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    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

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    Tickets are only $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every ten students booked.
    • Wed, 14 Jun 2023 11:30am

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