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“Because revolution is better at night.”

What would it actually take to stop climate change dead in its tracks? Guns? Revolution? A pumping soundtrack?

Kill Climate Deniers centres on a militant cell of eco-activists that takes the audience hostage during a concert at Parliament House. Led by charismatic spokeswoman Catch, they demand Australia immediately cease all carbon emissions and coal exports—or they’ll start executing their 1,700 hostages.

But they’re not the only ones to take the title literally. Between scenes of bloody action and banging ’90s tunes, writer David Finnigan discusses the outrage the play’s title provoked from Andrew Bolt and his cabal of conservative bloggers. The original production was shut down in the ensuing shitstorm, leading Finnigan to eventually fold the scandal into the play.

Lee Lewis will direct this controversial take on the climate change ‘debate’ in Australia. It’s a play within a play, an action film inside a documentary, a satire inside a rave. It is the kind of play the major theatre companies can’t put on. It’s why Griffin exists. 

It’s Kill Bill meets Tim Flannery, and it’s all true. The science is real. The media fracas is real. Only the blood is fake. No one dies…at least, not yet. Come join the party.

This show contains the use of haze, strobe and loud sound effects.

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Lee Lewis on Kill Climate Deniers

Director Lee Lewis
Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Audiovisual Designer Toby Knyvett

With Eden Falk, Sheridan Harbridge, Emily Havea, Rebecca Massey, Lucia Mastrantone

Preview 23 – 28 February
Opening Nights 1 & 2 March
Season 3 March – 7 April

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 4 April 2pm & 7pm

Griff-In Conversation Saturday 3 March 4pm
Meet The Artists
Tuesday 13 March
Captioned Performance Tuesday 27 March


Adult $60
Concession, Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $50
Under 35 $38

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In 2014, David Finnigan received $19,000 from Arts ACT to write a play exploring climate change and Australian politics. The resulting script, Kill Climate Deniers, was nominated for the 2014 Max Afford National Playwrights Award.

In late 2014, Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt discovered Finnigan had received funding from Arts ACT. Bolt hadn’t read the play—but the title was enough…

“How does the ACT government justify spending taxpayers’ money on a theatre work entitled Kill Climate Deniers?” he wrote. “What sane government donates to a project urging others to kill fellow citizens, even as a ‘joke’?”

Others decried it too, sight unseen. Climate sceptic and writer Don Aitken blogged about it and the ACT Shadow Arts Minister, Brendan Smyth, condemned the funding body for the decision. 


In denial
David Finnigan says that he, in fact, is a ‘climate denier’ himself: 

“Far more prevalent than full-blown climate deniers—and ultimately far more dangerous—are what Jonathan Rowson has described as ‘stealth deniers’, those who accept the scientific evidence of climate change, but who take no direct action or plan anything in their life based on the fact. I’m not preparing for a future in which the strength and frequency of droughts, heatwaves and bushfires escalates year after year. If you say you believe in something but don’t act on it, do you really believe in it?”


What’s the point?
Kill Climate Deniers is an angry, energised response to the climate change ‘debate’ and its hyberbolic title was an intentional move by Finnigan. He acknowledges that some people might find it offensive:

“Upsetting and offending people might be collateral damage on the way to making a bigger point. In any case where people are being offended by an artwork we need to weigh up the costs and benefits of the work—is the content and the point that the artwork is making worth the cost of upsetting and outraging this group of people? 

We would like to stress that this play is satirical and in no way constitutes a threat or act of terror. We encourage you to come and see the work yourself, and then tell us what you think—love, hate or otherwise. And if you want to ask us anything about the production, contact us at info@griffintheatre.com.au



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