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On The Edge


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.

The event will be available to watch on a live stream

On the Edge will include a new commission, 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. MELT is a collaboration between National Youth Theatre, academics from the University of Hull and an advisory panel of experts from the sustainable energy industry. Find out more here

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.”

I Don’t Care
Written and Directed by Adeola Yemitan and devised with the NYT Company
Assistant Director Xanthus Peters
Dramaturg Tatty Hennessy

Kyle Casey, Josie Charles, Jack D’Arcy, Rebecca Daniel, William Gao, Dominique Sands, Evan Walker

Climate Cabaret 
Event Director Tatty Hennessy 
Event Associate Will Armstrong

Will Armstrong, Patrick Ashe, Kyle Casey, Faye Sirohi, Yemi Yohannes

Production Team
Company Stage Manager - Claire Risseeuw
Assistant Stage Manager – Daniel Cawley
Video Designer – Gino Ricardo Green
Composer & Sound Design – Xana
Additional Sound Content by Will Armstrong and Jack D'Arcy
Musical Director – Ryan Oliver Henry
Academic Lead Partner - Professor Briony McDonagh 
Promotional Photography - Myah Jeffers 
Rehearsal photography - Ali Wright
Graphic Design - October Associates

Research and Development Cast
Lorraine Adeyefa, Rosalind Watt, Hannah Tarrington, Joseph Lindsay, Chrissie McTaggart, Gabriel Akamo

We're grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the UK Climate Resilience Programme for their support of On the Edge and the Culture Recovery Fund for their support of National Youth Theatre.

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Tower Base South, Green Zone at COP26


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