This November we'll be staging On the Edge at COP26 the UN Climate Change Conference, in partnership with the University of Hull as part of MELT, our multi-year creative response to the climate crisis. COP26 will bring global leaders and parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
On the Edge will include a new commissioned, created by Adeola Yemitan, who graduated from our NYT REP Company in 2020 and a climate cabaret curated by NYT Associate Artist and award-winning writer Tatty Hennessy.
Paul Roseby OBE, CEO and Artistic Director of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain said: “The pressure is on for all of us to actively respond in reducing C02 emissions, but no one feels that pressure more than ‘Gen Z’, who are tasked with mopping up the mess of previous generations. Post-pandemic the mental fall out mixed with increased climate anxiety is all too critical for our young talent, who are keen to explore the reality of art and activism in a youth-led event at the heart of COP26. Their response will be as surprising as it will be enlightening and it’s vital that National Youth Theatre talent from across the UK has this platform to effect real change, including progression routes to new green jobs. MELT, our multi-year creative response in partnerships with sustainability industry experts alongside scientists from University of Hull, is designed to deliver exactly that.”
We're grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the UK Climate Resilience Programme for their support of On the Edge.
Tower Base South, Green Zone at COP26