Unprecedented events of Black Summer fires examined in new verbatim play

A new production from playwright Campion Decent and HotHouse Theatre explores the connection between bushfires and climate change.

‘Everything comes at us at a thousand miles an hour now. And so, Black Summer comes through, for example, but no one has time to process it, because then we’re dealing with COVID. And no one has time to process that because then we’re dealing with the war in Ukraine – and on and on and on,’ explains playwright Campion Decent.

Decent firmly believes that the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 – a period when regional communities were devastated, major cities were shrouded in smoke and the idea of anthropogenic climate change shifted from theory to reality – ‘deserves analysis. So that we don’t forget.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts