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Interview: Is It Good Cop, Bad Cop? Rising Tides decide

Gavin Dent and Neil Sheppeck of Rising Tides on Good Cop Bad Cop 26 Festival

To co-incide with the COP26 summit, Rising Tides take over The Space for the next 12 days for their Good Cop, Bad Cop 26 Festival. Featuring plays, discussions and music the festival is their response to the climate crisis.

With so much happening, it seemed a perfect opportunity to catch up with Gavin Dent and Neil Sheppeck from Rising Tides and hear what to expect at the festival, why The Space is the ideal venue and whether they hold out much hope for the outcome of COP26.

Good Cop, Bad Cop 26

With the future of our species at risk, this November the COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

This summer’s IPCC report is a code red for humanity.  The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable. Extreme weather and climate disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity. That is why this year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow is so important. 

How should artists respond? What does a theatrical response look like? How can we make our voices heard?  What contribution can we make? How can we influence change? 

LETTERS
1 NOV
The largest creative response to the climate and ecological emergency the world has yet seen, Letters to the Earth is the first book to chronicle how humankind is collectively processing planetary crisis.

2040
2 NOV
Concerned about his young daughter’s future, filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. He meets with innovators and changemakers in many fields to draw on their expertise.
Also livestreamed

ACCIDENTAL BIRTH OF AN ANARCHIST
3 NOV – 12 NOV
An anarchist – activist or terrorist?
A darkly funny play by Luke Ofield. Two novice activists get jobs on a North Sea oil rig with the sole intention of staging a sit in protest. Trapped in a room full of drilling instruments and forced to negotiate, the lines of protest, activism and terrorism are debated, as the threat of military action looms closer.
As the world is torn between wildfires and flooding, this play couldn’t be any more timely.
Livestreamed on 4th November & 10th November

EVIDENCE
6 NOV – 9 NOV
What happens when you introduce experts at the forefront of the sustainability debate and today’s most exciting theatre makers? Rising Tides create four exciting partnerships and commission them to create an evening of entertaining and informative theatre.
Livestreamed on 8th November

CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOPS
6 NOV – 7 NOV
Every child matters today and tomorrow. Rising Tides deliver informative, creative, and of course, fun workshops that explore and engage participants in the subject of Climate Change.
Inform. Explore. Solve.

ISYLA AND P M K S
7 NOV
“Achingly gorgeous and heartfelt… A beautiful blend of voices and fine songwriting. Be absorbed.” on ISYLA
Also Livestreamed

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