DON’T READ THE COMMENTS

Ben Brooker and Collaborators (SA/VIC)

 

In 2014, playwright David Finnigan created Kill Climate Deniers, a multi-platform work of live performance and an album of music. It pissed off a lot of people, including commentator Andrew Bolt and politician Brendan Smyth.

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS picks up from where Finnigan left off, presenting a complete performance of the comments submitted to the Guardian in response to writer Kate Hennessy’s 2016 article about Kill Climate Deniers.

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS questions climate change denial, online disinhibition and the impact of creative responses to political issues. In this second creative development, writer Ben Brooker and his team will explore the shape of the text, experimenting with how to produce a live performance that captures the branching effect of online commentary.

Creative team: Ben Brooker, Bridget Mackey, Elliot Howard and Lucy Slattery

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Supported by a grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.