Chris Thorpe is the first recipient of London’s Royal Court and Oberon Books’ Climate Commission, which will fund him to write a new play exploring issues around the environment.
Under the new project he will be supported to explore ideas and links “between the political present and the problems facing our environment today”.
Thorpe said: “I’m blown away to be part of this. Blown away like a hospital roof in the path of an increasingly unpredictable storm system.
“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity by Oberon Books and the Royal Court to grapple with the enormity of this situation, help us act in the face of it, and find new ways to deal with it, individually and collectively. We may well be fucked anyway, but it feels like something useful to do while we wait.”
Thorpe’s recent work includes the short film Climate Change: What Do You Want Me to Say?, which was produced by London’s Royal Court and the Financial Times.
Chris Campbell, editorial director of Oberon Books, said: “You could almost say it’s not the most important thing to write about but the only thing to write about. Oberon Books is completely delighted to offer this newly creative commission to one of the most exciting and radical theatremakers working today.”
The commission is one of several new playwriting initiatives being introduced by the Royal Court, and was first announced earlier this year alongside the Lynne Gagliano Writers’ Award for playwrights aged 18 to 25.