Janie Dee is to co-produce the inaugural London Climate Change Festival that will take place at the Charing Cross Theatre in the spring this year.
It will run alongside the London transfer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, also starring Dee.
The festival will feature displays, Q&As and performances from scientists, activists and journalists, including representatives from Greenpeace and food waste prevention company Olio founder, Tessa Clarke.
Dee told The Stage: “I hope [the festival] will inspire people to make their own changes in the home […]I’m hoping people will feel accompanied on the quest to slow down climate change.
“As long as we do something, the government will have to react.
“Within this festival, we hope that the information provided […] will be influential and reassuring. We’re are all trying to work out how to make a difference as soon as possible.”
She added: “It is our lives, it’s our planet’s future and our future, and the future of the most beautiful creatures and plants on it. It’s about the most important thing to talk about and do something about.”
During the day, the festival will provide workshops for school groups on the subject of lowering carbon emissions and reducing plastic waste.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has donated exhibits from its recent Food: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, to accompany displays on how to individually contribute towards reversing climate change.
“The [aim of the] Festival is to inform, inspire and bring hope. We as individuals can make a huge difference if we have help and focus,” Dee added.
The venue will host cabaret and post-show talks on Monday and Tuesday evenings throughout the run, from artists including Angus Barr, Rob Brydon, Jay Rayner, Natalie Fee, Giles Terera and Alistair McGowan.
Proceeds from the festival will go towards City to Sea, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and be put towards future activities for the company.
It will run for 8 weeks at Charing Cross Theatre from March 23. A full list of participants and events is still to be announced.