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Sea Sick review at CanadaHub, Edinburgh – ‘eloquent and galvanising’

Journalist Alanna Mitchell in Sea Sick at CanadaHub @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

According to journalist Alanna Mitchell, if we really want to understand the environmental crisis facing the planet, we need to look to the oceans. The oceans contain the switch of life. And they are not in a good state.

The oceans are too hot; they’re too acidic. PH levels are rising hand-in-hand with carbon levels in the atmosphere and this is having a catastrophic impact on the planet on a systemic level.

Mitchell’s acclaimed solo show, performed as a lecture with only a blackboard and a jug of vinegar to illustrate her findings, sees her taking complex scientific information and breaking it down.

While the way she presents her message isn’t in any way theatrical, she is an elegant, eloquent speaker with a warm, gentle manner, a poetic turn of phrase and the ability to hold the audience in her hand.

Part of the Canada Hub programme, Mitchell’s show recounts her various encounters with marine scientists at the top of their fields and the picture they paint for her of where the world is heading.

It’s a hard, if essential listening, and, crucially, not without hope. Humanity needs to shift its thinking if it is to avert disaster. The conversation needs to stop being about blame and guilt.

Mitchell is determined to spread her message, and to use theatre as a tool to do so. There’s a Q&A session after the show to assist in this – to make people see that it’s still in our power to change things. The technologies are there but we need to move quickly.

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Informative, eloquent and galvanising performance lecture about climate change