Climate Change the Musical: Coming to Durban

Responding to Climate Change(RTCC) will stage two performances of its new climate change musical at COP17 in Durban on November 30 and December 1.

The cast started preparations for the musical today (Thursday 24 November)

You can check the latest rehearsals here – these kids are really talented!

One World: The Greenest Musical in the World is an accessible and engaging show that depicts the struggle against environmental degradation from the eyes of a child.

In Durban the musical will be performed by 25 pupils from the city’s Addington Primary School, who have made their own costumes for the event.

After Durban the aim is to keep the show on the road. Scripts, choreography instructions and the soundtrack will be available to download from free of charge, so that schools across the world will be able to put on their own shows.

A 2010 report from Save The Children highlighted the impact dangerous climate change has on children, particularly in regions already affected by poverty and malnutrition.

Children from the poorest families are up to ten times more likely to bear the brunt of environmental disasters linked to climate change.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has also stressed the importance of fighting climate change not simply for 2011 but for future generations.

“There is no task that is more urgent, more compelling or more sacred than that of protecting the climate of our planet for our children and grandchildren,” she said.

Due to popular demand RTCC will host two performances in Durban, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on November 30 and at the city’s premier Arts and live performance hub, the BAT Centre on December 1. Timings and directions can be found below.

The musical is produced by RTCC in association with Upstage Musical Productions, a London based theatrical production house that specialises in writing and delivering engaging musical performances with children.

RTCC chief executive James Ramsey said: “Music is a wonderful medium to help educate children about the dangers of climate change, and we hope these two performances in Durban will inspire generations around the world to do their bit to protect the environment.”

Show 1: Wednesday 30 November, 7pm, Rio Conventions Pavilion, 5 minutes walk from ICC. 101 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban 4001, South Africa

Show 2: Thursday 1 December, 7pm, BAT Centre: Durban’s Premier Arts Hub, 10 mins in taxi from ICC. 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment, Durban 4001

-There is no fee for the performances, although we would appreciate a small donation to Addington Primary School to help them invest in new facilities.

For more information call RTCC Editor Ed King on 0044 207340 2865 or email [email protected]

Upstage Musical Productions team:

– Original story and Book by Thomas Kett
– Music and Lyrics by Richard Free
– Choreography by Lucy Pearce


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