Play to address plight of world's oceans
|By Joseph Quigley - Staff Writer | November 8, 2018|
Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell is coming to Haliburton to perform for locals about the concerning trends of the global oceans with her show Sea Sick Nov. 12.
The show, presented by Environment Haliburton and Abbey Gardens, is adapted from Mitchell’s book of the same title. It chronicles climate change through the lens of the ocean, with Mitchell telling the audience about her journeys over several years with marine scientists, she said. Mitchell said transforming her book into a play allows the information to reach a different audience.
“People go to see a piece of theatre who would not necessarily pick up a book or go to a lecture,” Mitchell said. “It’s such an intimate way of describing information, to be all in the same room in a theatre.”
Environment Haliburton! Enviro-Café committee chair Terry Moore said the organization wanted to bring Mitchell into the community to help start an environmental conversation.
“Theatre is another way to try to get conversations going about environmental issues,” Moore said. “Alanna Mitchell has been a very creative person in terms of bringing these issues to the public.” T
he play has been running since 2014 and has gone on tour in Canada and around the world. Mitchell, who is currently touring Ontario, said she has been overwhelmed by how well the play has done.
“I never expected this would happen,” Mitchell said. “There’s a lot of people who still want to see it. I’m excited about that.”
Moore said Mitchell’s play draws people into conversations about science with personal storytelling.
“Science is not an easy thing for a lot of people to get their heads around,” Moore said. “By focusing in on people who study that for a living and the struggles they’ve gone through, she draws you into that kind of conversation in a very easy way that everyone can find interesting.”
Mitchell said although the play has serious subject matter, there is a positive message she wants people to come away with. “Hope, and the sense of that. Even though the situation is difficult, that there is a way out of that and that it’s going to take a lot of our communal creativity to make that happen.”
The show is Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. Tickets are available for $25 at Abbey Gardens, Cranberry Cottage and Organic Times, or at abbeygardens.ca/product/seasick-nov-12.