Co-Created Stories of Change: The Role of the Audience in Environmentally Engaged Art – 3:30 1st November – Ovalhouse Theatre, London

We wanted to let you know about this panel discussion that is coming up at Ovalhouse theatre on 1 November at 3.30. The theme of the panel discussion is “Co-Created Stories of Change: The Role of the Audience in Environmentally Engaged Art.” The panellists are Lucy Neal (author of Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered) Clare Patey (Director of the Empathy Museum), Brian Walters (Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre), Robert Butler (co-editor of Culture and Climate Change), Dr Bradon Smith (University of Bath) and Rachel Briscoe (Creative Director of fanSHEN).

The panel will take place after the 2pm performance of fanSHEN and Tipping Point’s new show Invisible Treasure and before the 5pm performance. The panel is free to same day ticket holders. There is more information both about the show and about the panellists below.

If you are busy on 1 November, there is also a panel about Arts and Activism after the 7.30 performance on Thursday 5 November.

About the Panellists


Lucy Neal was a co-founder director of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). She also co-founded Transition Town Tooting. She is the author of Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered, which explores the role the arts can play in the environmental and transition movements. It is published by Oberon books. She also works as a celebrant.


Clare Patey is Director of The Empathy Museum. She is an artist and curator who creates social spaces in the public realm that bring people together to share conversation. She was the creator of the Museum Of The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and annually curates Feast on the Bridge.She has received commissions from LIFT, Friends of the Earth, The Countryside Commission, Channel 4 (winner of RTS award), South Bank Centre, Home Live Art, The New Economics Foundation, The National Theatre, Artsadmin and The Art Museum, Phoenix.


Brian Walters is Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre. He was dramaturg of World Factory at the Young Vic, an interactive piece exploring globalisation, climate change and complex ethical choices.


Robert Butler is Online editor of The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine, co-editor of “Culture and Climate Change”, blogger about culture and climate change at Ashdenizen, former “Going Green” columnist at Intelligent Life and former drama critic of the Independent on Sunday.


Dr Bradon Smith, who will be chairing the panel, is s a Research Associate at The Open University and the University of Bath, with interests in the representation of climate change in contemporary literature. From 2007-2010 he co-convened the Cultures of Climate Change research group at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. Since then, he has held positions at the Open University, the University of Edinburgh and as an AHRC Knowledge Placement Fellow at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He is currently working on the AHRC funded Stories of Change project, a part of the cross-council Connected Communities theme, and in particular leading on the Energy Generation strand.


Rachel Briscoe is Creative Director of fanSHEN and co-director of Invisible Treasure. She also works as Director of Theatre (jobshare) at Ovalhouse. The Guardian credited her with “restoring order of Ovalhouse with bold, experimental programming.”

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