What happens when the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics?

An action movie wrapped in a TED talk.

David Finnigan's award-winning play is a 'gleefully anarchic' (TimeOut Sydney) look at the state of the climate 'debate.'

As a classic rock band take the stage in Parliament House's main hall, 96 armed eco-terrorists storm the building and take the entire government hostage, threatening to execute everyone unless Australia ends global warming. Tonight.

Now, the embattled Environment Minister has no choice but to pick up a gun and stand up for her ideals, pushing back against the threat which has engulfed her country - one terrorist at a time.

Kill Climate Deniers is a stage play by David Finnigan and an album of original music by Reuben Ingall. The playscript was awarded the 2017 Griffin Playwrights Award and nominated for Best New Play in the Sydney Theatre Awards.

The ebook playscript is available on this website. The album is available right now through Clan Analogue.

Project history

In 2014, David was commissioned by Julian Hobba from Canberra's Aspen Island Theatre Company to write a new playscript exploring climate change and Australian politics.

The resulting script, Kill Climate Deniers, won the 2017 Griffin Theatre Playwriting Award and was nominated for the 2014 Max Afford National Playwrights Award.

David's stage play has now evolved into an ebook, a film script, a walking tour of Parliament House, a dance party, and an original album by producer Reuben Ingall.

Kill Climate Deniers has been produced by the following companies:

The Garage Theater (Long Beach, California, 2017)

Griffin Theatre (Sydney, 2018)

THAT Production Company (Brisbane, 2019)

The Pleasance (London, 2019)

Sydney University Dramatic Society (Sydney, 2020)

Sivandlo Divodlo (Prague, Czech Republic, 2021-22)

iO Performance (Launceston, Tasmania, 2021)

University of Queensland (Brisbane, 2021)

Monash University Society of Theatre (Melbourne, 2022)

Kinetik Collective (Adelaide, 2022)

About the artists

David Finnigan is an Australian writer and theatre artist. Working with research scientists in the UK, Australia and Sweden, he creates work exploring climate and systems science. David is a Churchill Fellow and an Australia Council Early Career Fellow.

Reuben Ingall makes hi-tech lo-fi music with an array of home-made software patches, algorithmically mangling his guitar, voice and other sources to create lush soundscapes and lonely drone. His other projects include the radio program Subsequence, mixing and mastering bands, and a mashup-DJ act. He has worked on music for installations, theatre, e-publications, film, and dance.


Marketing by Gabrielle Affleck

Web design by New Best Friend

Images by Sarah Walker

Album released through Clan Analogue

Short film by Tom and David Finnigan

Strategic consulting by Yolande Norris

Dramaturgy and editing by Julian Hobba

Script illustrations by Gillian Schwab

Film script adaptation by Jordan Prosser

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