National Youth Theatre presents MELT
Summer Solstice, 2020
“On the longest day of the year we invite you to participate in a ritual including spoken word, music, video and live performance. We will ask what toxic systems must we end in order to stop the climate crisis. What systems of oppression do we want to say goodbye to and what changes do we want to enact moving forward. Come join us for this moment of pause, reflection, solidarity and a pledge of action.”
National Youth Theatre, announced a major three-year environmental project MELT on Earth Day, 2020. In partnership with the University of Hull, MELT will feature an initial cast of 200 individuals, responding to the climate crisis for a programme of digital and physical dramatisations, culminating in a large-scale outdoor promenade piece with a 1000-strong cast to take place across coastal sites in the East of England. The project brings together NYT artistic director Paul Roseby as creative director, associate director of the Freedom Theatre of Palestine Zoe Lafferty, director and Punchdrunk creative associate Joel Scott, and a collective of young writers including 16-year-old writer Freya Hannah-Mills, in partnership with the University of Hull.
MELT is the fourth major environmental work at NYT in the last decade, following S’warm which saw hundreds of young actors swarm iconic London sites in 2010, SLICK in response to plastic in our oceans at Sheffield’s Park Hill Estate in 2011 and FLOOD in partnership with Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation in 2018.
2020 would have seen the start of our partnership with National Youth Theatre and their major environmental project MELT, but instead we’re excited to share with you the R&D work they are creating digitally and look forward to the first public sharing of work from MELT as part of the First Light Festival 2021.