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How To Save The Planet When You’re A Young Carer And Broke

9th - 20th November 2021
Written by Nessah Muthy
Directed by Stef O'Driscoll
Performed by Elizabeth Ayodele
Composer/Musician Neeta Sarl
Touring across London

Lavisha has 99 problems, but climate change ain’t one.

Lavisha is busy. School work and caring for Mum are her priorities. Period. Of course, she cares about the planet but from where she’s standing it seems like posh people have got that one covered.  

However, when she lands at a new school young climate change activist Avril is keen to recruit her to the cause, but… what do you do when you can’t afford solar panels on your house and can’t skip school to attend a protest? 

There’s never enough time when you’re having to choose between steak dinners and vegan food bank vouchers, staying home for evening face mask rituals and wanting to save the world before it’s too late.  

Lavisha reckons posh people are going to save the planet but new mate Avril makes her wonder if she could join the fight. 

Written by award-winning Nessah Muthy and directed by Stef O’Driscoll How To Save The Planet When You’re A Young Carer and Broke peeks into the life of a young working-class carer having to make decisions between life-saving responsibilities at home and being dedicated to save the planet in times of climate emergency.  

Expect a refreshingly loud solo show with loads of fun, music, raw emotions and the rush of taking climate-positive actions into your own hands.

‘The thing is…when me and my Mum eat steak, afterwards, we always hold in our farts…’

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Venues

9th November, 7pm

Bermondsey Campus Community Space

37 Clements road, SE16 4EE

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10th & 11th November, 7:30pm

Theatre Peckham

221 Havil St, London SE5 7SB

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12th November

Langdon Park School

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Spotlight

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13th November, 7pm

Hackney Showroom

4 Murrain Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2BN

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17th November, 5:30 pm

Somerstown Community  Centre

2 Ossulston St, London NW1 1EE

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18th November, 5:30 pm

Fitzrovia Youth in Action

Warren Centre, Basement, 1-8 Suffolk House, Whitfield Place

London W1T 5JU

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19th & 20th November, 2:30 & 7:30 pm

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH

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Price

Full Price: £15

Concessions & 15-25: £ 10

+ Pay What You Decide at Community Venues

 

Content Guidance

Strong Language, Climate Anxiety, Displacement, Illness

 

Covid-19 Guidance

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Cast

Elizabeth Ayodele Actor

Elizabeth’s journey to Lavisha was nothing short of fate having had the opportunity to work with director Stef only once before drama school and now again 3 years later. She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and graduated this summer. She was also part of the first ever cohort of Open Door. Credits while training include: Antigone, Ophelia and Mrs Lovett. Other credits include: ME YOU US THEM (Terra Nova productions) and Colour inside the lines (National Theatre Learning). She is grateful to God, family, friends and all the people along the way who believed in her ability. 

IG: @elxza.dele

 

Creatives

Nessah Muthy Playwright

Nessah Muthy is a multi-award-winning, two times Writer’s Guild-nominated, writer for stage and screen.

Nessah is currently under commission to: the Actors Touring Company (ATC), National Youth Theatre(NYT), Fuel, Boundless Theatre, Kiln Theatre, Almeida Theatre and English Touring Theatre (ETT)

She has worked with a number of leading theatres and companies including: the Young Vic (Tapestry), Donmar Warehouse (Monuments), Punchdrunk, the National Youth Theatre, (The Host) Cardboard Citizens, HighTide, (Heroine) Kali Theatre, (Sundowning) Theatre Centre, Iris Theatre, Cloakroom Theatre/the King’s Head Theatre and the Gate Theatre / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, (After Rhinoceros: The Red Pill).

After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run in London, Nessah’s immersive play for young people,Small Wonders, (co-created with Punchdrunk) transferred to Imaginate’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2019. It received five star reviews and was subsequently nominated in the Best Play for Young Audiences categoryat the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020.

For screen, Nessah has written for On The Edge Series III (BlackLightTelevision / Channel 4) and her script will shoot in 2021.She currently has four television series ideas in development with Firebird Pictures, The Forge, Hera Picturesand BlackLight Television / Channel 4.

Nessah is also a member of the Coronation Street writing team, is working on COBRA for Sky One / New Pictures and taking part in the KAOS / Netflix / Sister Pictures Shadow Writers Scheme led by Charlie Covell.Awards include: Character 7 Prize 2017 and the Adrian Pagan Award 2018.

Stef O’Driscoll Director

Stef is an award winning theatre director and storymaker. She was previously the Artistic Director of nabokov, the Associate Director at Paines Plough and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Accolades include WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz being the first radio play to be broadcast on BBC 1Xtra winning Best Radio production at the BBC Radio and Music Awards 2019.

Stef’s work often exists in a range of environments including music venues, festivals, theatres, community centres, pubs, clubs, parks, anywhere. –  creating spaces where you can have a good time and share our stories together. Her work often pushes the boundaries of gigs and theatre performances working with spoken word artists and musicians including Kae Tempest, Bellatrix, Benin City, Paul Cree, Dizraeli, Cecilia Knapp, Sabrina Mahfouz, Deanna Rodger and Grace Savage creating inclusive experiences with a narrative at the heart of it.

She has worked extensively as a dramaturg and director with some of the UK’s exceptional writers including Nathan Bryon, Omar El-Khairy, Sophie Ellerby, Shereen Jasmin-Phillips, Daf James, Yasmin Joseph, Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Monsay Whitney. Stef supports people to create and share stories with the belief that by sharing narratives we create a space to understand each other and ourselves more, to cultivate empathy, to connect, to challenge the status quo.

 

Directing credits include:

A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST| Sabrina Mahfouz (Royal Court Theatre)

INSIDE THIS BOX | Yasmin Joseph (Clean Break)

LIT Sophie Ellerby (Nottingham Playhouse/ Hightide)

BOX CLEVER Monsay Whitney (The Bunker)

YARD GAL | Rebecca Prichard (Ovalhouse) * winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009

 

For Paines Plough:

ON THE OTHER HAND WE’RE HAPPY Daf James | DAUGHTERHOOD Charley Miles | DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY by Nathan Bryon (Paines Plough /Theatre Clwyd 2019 Roundabout Season)

ISLAND TOWN Simon Longman | STICKS AND STONES Vinay Patel | HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN Georgia Christou (Paines Plough Theatre Clwyd 2018 Roundabout Season)

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kae Tempest

For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude)

Hayley Chilvers Movement Director

Hayley has extensive experience working as a dancer for physical theatre, dance and opera companies, including Highly Sprung, Folk Dance Remixed, Garsington Opera, Opera North and the Royal Opera House, where she was part of ‘Hyphen’ the first hyper reality opera of its kind which was choreographed by Anna Morrissey. Other Choreographers Hayley has worked with include, Rosie Whitney-Fish, Taira Foo and Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. 

Hayley is a rehearsal director and performer for The Natashas Project, an international physical theatre charity. Its aim is to use dance to inform and equip the public about Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. The company performs to theatres, schools and community spaces to raise awareness and start conversations about the issue and supports survivors through creative means by providing restorative workshops at safe houses across London and the UK.  

As a Movement director working alongside Stef O’Driscoll as director, Hayley has worked on ‘Roundabout’ by Paines Plough Theatre, ‘LIT’ at Nottingham Playhouse both for theatre and film adaptations of the show and ‘Inside this box’ for CleanBreak, a women’s theatre company tackling the complex theme of women and crime, working in prisons and in the wider community. Most recently Hayley has worked with the third years at Guildhall on their production of Julius Caesar. Hayley continues to teach dance and movement classes for performing arts colleges across London and for beginners within her local community. 

Daze Aghaji Sustainability Consultant

Daze Aghaji is a 21-year-old climate justice activist from London who centres regenerative culture, intersectionality, radical social justice and youth political engagement in her work. In 2019, she was the youngest candidate to stand in the European Parliamentary election. Described by The Guardian as “a ball of energy, conviction and warmth”, Daze’s advocacy for racial systemic change has lead her to work with many leading charities, NGO’s and grassroots changemakers globally. She has strong ties with climate movement Extinction Rebellion since its early days. She is currently a Creative Director at earthrise Studio, a environmentally focused media company, as well as a consultant for a variety of NGOs, an artist in residence at Phytology and a monthly contributor to Sky TV’s climate show.

'Parakeet, an eco-musical of small scale but with moments of mighty power' The Guardian on Boundless Theatre's production, Parakeet
'There’s real emotion and inspiration at the heart of Nessah Muthy’s script, created in collaboration with local teenagers in Tottenham and containing happy moments plucked from their own lives.' The Guardian on Nessah Muthy's script for Punchdrunk production Small Wonders
'...staged with great animation by Stef O’Driscoll in the Theatre Upstairs and full of impassioned concern' The Guardian on Stef O'Driscoll's production of A History of Water in the Middle East at the Royal Court

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