Thursday 11th August
Panel show and Q&A 6.30pm, Melbourne Playback performance 7.45pm
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Main hall, 189 High St, Northcote VIC
Tickets: $25 Adult, $17 Concession, $15 Student / Under 18

Exploring climate solutions, action and what it means to live in a warming world.
A look at how current climate solutions can change our lives and communities in positive ways – not just at a purely environmental level. The panelists with also speak about their personal experience of how being active on the pressing issue of our climate has impacted on their lives.


  • Professor Rob Adam, Director of city design with Melbourne City. He and his team received the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award 2014.
  • Lucy Best Communications and Community Engagement Manager at Positive Charge – a social enterprise that works with local councils in Victoria and New South Wales to help households, community groups and businesses to save energy, money and reduce carbon emissions at scale.
  • Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, which has the aim of transforming Australia’s economy to one that is based on renewable, clean technology. 

The Playback Theatre Process:
The core of this event is a theatre performance following the panel Q&A. This is theatre made up of the audience’s stories, experiences and perspectives brought to life on stage by a skilled team of performers, mediated by a facilitator. “Creating a Climate For Change” offers a unique forum that traverses science and art, reflection, entertaining performance and robust conversation. Audience interaction through speaking to our facilitator is completely voluntary and audience members have the option to simply sit back and watch. Playback performances can traverse a broad range of ideas and perspectives and can traverse being funny, playful, insightful and serious.

National Science Week is proudly supported by the Australian Government, as well as partners CSIRO, Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC.

Reviews of 2015 Climate Themed Playback Event:
(This 2015 event had a different selection of panelists)

Excerpts from reviews:

“The talent in this show really was extraordinary. From the actors who improvised the entire show, to the instrumentalists who created the mood for every scene without fail, to the panellists who were obviously incredibly passionate about what they were speaking about." JJ Mclennon Theatrepeople

"Melbourne’s Playback Theatre Company taught local science communicators how to use the tools of theatre to engage with our many publics.The nuances and complexity of the debate slowly unfolded on stage." Helen Gardiner, Scienceweek Programmer and Communications Manager at University of Melbourne Helen Gardiner

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Twitter handle: @MelbPlayback