‘There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. And there has been for some time. More than all the stars in the bloody Milky Way. Just imagine that! The bloody Milky Way. And now I ask again. What do you think of that?’
Tim, Harry and Ella have been sent on a mission — destroy a fracking plant, send a message. Only when everything is already destroyed and giant chunks of ice are falling from the sky. It doesn’t seem there’s that much left to say.
Deeply dividing audiences from its premier performance in The Greenhouse at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Swallows was an unforgiving exploration of eco-terrorism, power, and our violent relationship with the natural world. It harnessed the tightly confined space of The Greenhouse, as well as its in-the-round setting and shared lighting to create an atmosphere from which the audience could not escape. Instead, this show demanded consideration of how we have come this far, and invited discussion on what we all need to do to stop things from getting any worse.
Swallows gave a crucial message of caution, and (perhaps more importantly) a vital message of hope.
|Ella – Sarah Chamberlain||Director – Oli Savage|
|Tim – Isabella Sheridan||Writer – Henry Roberts|
|Harry – Daniel Jonusas||Producer – Emily Hepher|
|Assistant Director – Juliet Boobbyer|