Donmar Warehouse

Climate Conversations : The Report

Over the past two years, director/dramaturg/researcher Zoë Svendsen has been embedded, as associate artist, at the Donmar Warehouse, to undertake research into the artistic and institutional mindsets that will enable the theatre industry as a sector. A complement to the practical online resource, the Theatre Green Book, this research explores the why, who with, and how of making theatre today in the context of climate crisis. 

The project has developed the idea of ‘Climate Dramaturgy’. Climate Dramaturgy is a holistic approach to theatre-making that fosters artistic and creative practice in relation to recognising the context of climate crisis in relation to making theatre, across all aspects of theatres’ operations.

Click here to read the full report: Climate Conversations – Making Theatre in the Context of Climate Crisis Report

Accompanying the report are the appendices, some additional documents that share further detail on different aspects of the report’s findings and/or process, as well as a series of infographics (designed by The District) and templates for use and adaptation to different contexts. You can view them below: 

1. Provocations for Commissioning and Writing Plays in the Context of Climate Crisis

2. Infographic – Everyone Has A Role to Play

3. Infographic – The Show Must Go On

4.  A Green Glossary

5. Sample Designer Offer Letter- Environmental Responsibility Statement

6. Sample Parameters Meeting- Environmental Responsibility Introduction

7. Sample Environmental Responsibility in Welcome Pack

8. Sample Climate Care Explainer

9. Environmental Production Tracker – User Guide

10. Notes from the Donmar Climate Conversations Design Workshop_Concept and Collaboration (3 March 2022)

11. Notes from the Donmar New Work and Commissioning Workshop (21 April 2022)

12. Notes from the Donmar Ethics and Environment Workshop (30 June 2022)

13. Climate Conversations Podcast Listener Statistics (September 2022)

14. Programme Essay – Force Majeure

14. Programme Essay – Henry V

16. Programme Essay – Marys Seacole

17. Programme Essay – The Trials

Climate Conversations – Making Theatre in the Context of Climate Crisis Report with Appendices