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100 Plays to Save the World
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 232 pages ISBN: 9781839040498Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook, 232 pages ISBN: 9781788505024Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)

100 Plays to Save the World

By Elizabeth Freestone and Jeanie O'Hare

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A guide to one hundred brilliant plays addressing the most urgent and important issue of our time: the climate crisis. 

The plays – drawn from around the world, written by one hundred different writers, and demonstrating a vast span of styles, genres and cast sizes – all speak to an aspect of the climate emergency. Encompassing both famous plays and lesser-known works, the selection includes recent writing that explicitly wrestles with these issues, as well as classic texts in which these resonances now ring out clearly.

Each play is explored in a concise essay illuminating key themes, and highlighting its contribution to our understanding of climate issues, with sections including Resources, Energy, Migration, Responsibility, Fightback and Hope.

100 Plays to Save the World is a book to provoke as well as inspire – to start conversations, to inform debate, to challenge our thinking, and to be a launch pad for future productions. It is also an empowering resource for theatre directors, producers, teachers, youth leaders and writers looking for plays that speak to our present moment.

Above all, it is a call to arms, to step up, think big, and unleash theatre's power to imagine a better future into being.

The book includes a foreword by Daze Aghaji, a leading youth climate justice activist.

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'This book is a kind of miracle, a thrilling compendium of plays that speak to the enormous environmental crisis of our time. Freestone and O'Hare have exquisite taste and brilliant analysis, illuminating plays I've never heard of, as well as plays I thought I knew. 100 Plays to Save the World should be required reading for everyone who believes in the power of theatre to move the world; I will certainly never plan a season again without referring to it.' Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater, New York

'This book is dynamite. Through lively play analysis and accessible environmental know-how, it will galvanise theatre-makers to step up and artists to be heard. Theatre must play its part in the climate fight and this book shows us how.' Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic Theatre, London


100 Plays to Save the World is produced by a carbon-neutral printer, powered exclusively by renewable energy, and using sustainably sourced materials accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council.

'We – artists, thinkers, creators – have a responsibility to communicate the truth of the climate emergency. The world is shape-shifting and our culture must too.'

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'An invaluable guide that deals with the environmental crisis head-on'

Broadway World

'A fascinating, brutally honest collection of essays demonstrating the power theatre has to predict, dissect and shout about the climate emergency… this book could easily be dry, but it is anything but. It is an engaging and stimulating delve into the breadth of incredible playwriting out there that can contribute to the fight of activists around the world'

Everything Theatre

'An unexpected pleasure... The writing is always cogent but urgent... The list of playwrights is both dazzling and diverse... In addition to finding introductions to unknown plays and reminders of some classics, readers will also learn a great deal about the climate crisis, often viewed from unexpected perspectives... a chilling read that is nevertheless both worthy and worthwhile. It is one of those books that should be put on the desks of government ministers around the world'

British Theatre Guide

'A brilliant selection of options for tackling the climate crisis with drama students… a great read that can kickstart theatrical direction but also provoke debate… each play's inclusion is brilliantly rationalised, and I loved the fact that the appendices have a raft of resources to further explore the subject… presents quick, pragmatic hooks to get you to choose plays beyond the usual, plays to excite, educate and inform in equal measure you and your performers, as well as their audience'

Drama & Theatre magazine
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback,232 pages ISBN: 9781839040498Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook,232 pages ISBN: 9781788505024Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)

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