Beyond the Edge – a Play about Climate Change and the Climate Emergency

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This is a school play about climate change – for once it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is wet. That is to say – there is a flood. A BIG one! Four young students out for the day end up trapped with their two teachers after a bridge gives way on their way home. They are stuck on a hill, on the precipice of the drop off into the raging waters below. While they wait for help – they begin to question what it is that made the bridge give way, the constant rain, and their own roles in the matter. Play about Climate Change.

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BEYOND THE EDGE – A PLAY ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

This is a school play about climate change – for once it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is wet. That is to say – there is a flood. A BIG one! Four young students out for the day end up trapped with their two teachers after a bridge gives way on their way home. They are stuck on a hill, on the precipice of the drop off into the raging waters below. While they wait for help – they begin to question what it is that made the bridge give way, the constant rain, and their own roles in the matter. Questions about history, friendships, and connections to the world around us. While everyone is stranded, they contemplate how their situation is not so different to those shipwrecked in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The weather is bad and getting worse. Will they survive the night? And if they do, how will they survive the coming years? A play about Climate change. 

The action invites us into the stories of four pupils: Jag, Myra, Jimmy and Dulcie, each with a singular brand of courage and humanity. The two adults, Miss Daphne (a charismatic and principled French teacher) believes in actions as well as words, rejecting inertia and self-interest. Opposite her, Mr. Mungo, (a serious minded, older geography teacher) is comfortable with the status quo. Everything seems to be under control until a series of remarkable events unfold. As news media across the world bear witness, youth are campaigning against inertia on climate change. We have all, perhaps, wondered what we can do to help change minds. “Beyond the Edge” imagines how we can act as one planet, and allow hope to prevail.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM LICENSING THIS PLAY GO TO STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE

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Author: Paul Symonloe

Type: Two-Act Plays

Genre: Optimistic drama, British, play about climate change

Cast: 3M, 3F

Ages of the actors: Four teen, two adult

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Length: Sixty minutes

Set: Rural Devon in England. To one side of an old bridge on a single-track road. The bridge has collapsed On the action side of the stage is the bumper of a minibus, the rest being off-stage.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – topical issues should be performed in a manner that keeps the attention of the audience and makes them think.

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Copyright © December 2020 Paul Symonloe and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Other school plays about the environment:

To be a tree – play for children about the Environment
Treasured Planet – a play about saving the Ocean – for children
It’s a Small World. Literally!Children’s play about a microscopic world where the germs are the bad guys

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