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Photo by Christa Holka, design by Sarah Ferrari

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“Moments of great crisis and peril do not necessarily need to knock us backwards. They can also catapult us forward.” 
– Naomi Klein 

There’s never been greater urgency for change. But what shape could this take and who will be in charge? Join us as we ask if human ingenuity can restore our relationships to one another and to the planet. 

After listening to a talk by a visionary speaker (a different guest speaker each performance, see below), you’ll be led into an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that could catapult us towards a transformative future. Following the interactive theatre show World Factory, Zoë Svendsen (Director of METIS) works with inspirational experts, including economists, architects and environmentalists, to initiate conversations exploring how we might live together in the face of radical social and environmental challenges. 

Commissioned and produced by Artsadmin. Part of Season for Change, a UK-wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Also presented as part of Barbican's 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Barbican London, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, and University of Cambridge.

Developed as part of the Future Scenarios Networked Residency for the Culture and Climate Change project, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Open University and Sheffield University Creative Team Zoë Svendsen Direction Carolyn Downing Sound Guy Hoare Lighting.

In collaboration with a network of artists and experts.

Director/designer: Zoë Svendsen
Actors: Emmanuella Cole, Shon Dale-Jones, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel-Jones, Anna-Maria Nabirye , Stefanie Mueller, Tom Ross-Williams
Associate Director: Lucy Wray
Artistic Associates: Rob Awosusi /Andrea Ling /Lilac Yosiphon
Lighting Design and collaboration: Guy Hoare
Sound Design and collaboration: Carolyn Downing
Videographer: Chris Kondek
Production Manager: Sam Clear


Date and time

6–9 September 2018

Please note
This is now a past event.