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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Fog Everywhere, part of Shoot The Breeze fortnight on climate change

26 October, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

Fog Everywhere is a new in-house production for Camden People’s Theatre

The result of a link-up with King’s College Lung Biology Group, Fog Everywhere is a new play at the Camden People’s Theatre that looks at London’s pollution through the eyes of eight teenage students from Westminster Kingsway.

Part of Shoot The Breeze, a fortnight of work addressing climate change and the environment, its opening on October 31 follows recent headlines about the scale of London’s air pollution crisis and the introduction of a new £10 toxicity charge in London. Artistic director Brian Logan writes about addressing air pollution through theatre, and the timing of the play.

“I can’t think of a single other theatre production about air quality, far less about London pollution. I’m aware it’s been addressed in visual and conceptual art, but far less so in the performing arts. And, of course, I believe that theatre can make a valuable contribution to public conversations like this one.

“Theatre gets artists and audiences together in a room, invites them to think together, to imagine together. And with our show, we’ll be providing lots of opportunities to discuss together too. Theatre, and the arts more generally, also allow us to approach these knotty socio-political questions more laterally, in different (more imaginative, abstract, emotional, even surrealistic) languages to that of the news media or oppositional political discourse.

“It’s a happy accident that we’re opening within a week of the introduction of the new T-charge on polluting vehicles. But the timing isn’t accidental. We knew when we embarked on the project that this was an issue that was charging up the news and political agenda. A pollution alert in London might not have made the news two years ago.

“These days, it does – because of new research suggesting its drastic effects, because the likes of Sadiq Khan are taking it seriously, because people are waking up to this public health emergency.

“It feels that there’s a critical mass building that will force social and political change regarding air quality – and we believe our production can play a part in that.”

For details call 020 7419 4841. https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/fog-everywhere/

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