Theatre review: 2017 at the Royal Court

Melissa York
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2017 at the Royal Court is a data-driven talk
Royal Court | ★★★☆☆
Climate change is the defining global issue of our times, professor Chris Rapley states, matter-of-factly, from a chair on the stage. Over the course of an hour, unaided by notes but surrounded by digitised graphics of the earth, the renowned climate scientist calmly presents the fact that when his granddaughter is his age in 2071, the earth will be damaged irreparably, unless there’s wider public pressure to push for a solution.
Less of a play, more of a lecture, this data-driven talk would have had greater theatrical impact as a call-to-arms polemic, but instead settles for a humbler scientific objectivity that quietly leaves the menace to simmer behind the facts.


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