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 is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts