A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

Wednesday 28th June- Saturday 1 July

Miranda Rose Hall’s darkly funny, life-affirming show directed by Katie Mitchell is a bold experiment in eco theatre-making. Co-produced by the Barbican and Headlong.


“The difference between death and extinction is this: death is to cease to exist. Extinction is to extinguish. I think of death as individual. Extinction is collective.” Naomi is part of a theatre company who have made a play especially for you, those living through extinction, but the actors haven’t shown up yet. In the meantime, Naomi has a plan. This innovative one woman show takes us on a life-changing journey to confront the urgent ecological disaster that is unfolding around us. Part ritual, part battle cry, and powered by bicycles, this fiercely feminist off-grid production is a moving exploration of what it means to be human in an era of man-made extinction.

Sharing learning from Europe and Katie Mitchell, Headlong present an innovative touring model, the first of its kind in the UK, which sees a play tour, while the people do not. The Barbican hosts the beginning of this journey wherein each city a blueprint of the show will be uniquely brought to life by a different team of theatre makers in each venue. It forms part of a ground-breaking international experiment in reimagining theatre in a climate crisis.

Headlong will partner with and stage the play at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, New Vic Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Theatre Royal Plymouth, York Theatre Royal, and Shakespeare North. Further venues, casting and creative teams to be announced shortly.