Preview: Emergency Festival, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Emergency Festival, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

From the 5 to the 29 October, MAST Mayflower Studios is hosting Emergency Festival – a month of events to discuss all things climate change.

The temperature is rising, there’s plastic in the oceans, the rainforest is disappearing… and maybe using a ‘bag for life’ isn’t going to turn it all around.

Join scientists, artists and activists for Emergency Festival, where we ask – so what are we going to do about it?

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 5 October with Climate SIRENS – Scratch Performance, a unique take on the climate emergency using poetry, humour, music and storytelling from five exceptional artists exploring their own creative perspectives on a global challenge.

In a show that is both vital and timely, expect diverse moments of joy, activism, shock, hope and community spirit, all wrapped up in a lively and moving performance experience.

The Climate Conversation takes place on Thursday 6 October in a discussion event like no other. Pull up a chair, fill your glass, and be a guest at MAST’s first evening of climate discussion.

Saturday 8 October sees the Homegrown Festival showcasing the very best of local talent, the day’s line up promises audiences a little bit of everything. From work-in-progress to shows already on the touring circuit, there’s theatre, music, film and more.

Hot In Here celebrates action taking place around the world for climate justice on Tuesday 11 October. Developed from conversations with climate activists across the globe, Hot In Here uses dance, real-life stories, spoken word, and music to share the action taking place internationally against climate injustice, and the UK’s place within it.

The Jonny Fluffypunk: End of the Pier Show will take place at 11am on the final day of the festival. At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does… catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach.

There will also be a family fun day with a variety of free activities suitable for all ages, including face painting, crafts, drama and dance workshops, and a book swap event.

Tickets for all shows are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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