‘Your bamboo toothbrush won’t save us, you don’t recycle it anyways.’
Amara meets Bridgette at a protest, one of those, ‘hippy, green, save-the-planet’ things.
Bridgette’s a committed activist. Amara’s about to finish her GCSEs. Their town’s been flooded.
But how’s getting arrested going to help anything? They can’t afford to do that.
BURNOUT was created with climate activists across the UK. The show exposes the burnout experienced by activists from marginalised communities alongside the burnout of our planet.
BURNOUT is written by Nicole Acquah (Women’s Playwriting Prize Shortlist 2022 for SANKOFA) and devised by the company. It’s a call to action for audiences to think about privilege, activism and climate justice.
ShyBairn create theatre for social change.
We collaborate with artists and activists to create live performance alongside campaigns for justice. We are a BREACH Theatre Associate Company and recipients of Camden People’s Outside The Box Commission 2022. Graduates of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s MFA Advanced Theatre Practice course.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work:
Bechdel Theatre - “TALK PROPA by ShyBairn Theatre was an absolute DELIGHT! Perfecting the collaborative women powerhouse 2 hander to expertly expose southerners’ stereotyping of northern women. Equal parts funny and furore.”
Audience Member - “Talk Propa by ShyBairn Theatre is like getting a massive hug from the motherlands. Resonant, honest and gorgeous, I urge everyone to go and revel in its visceral glory!!”
The Play's The Thing - “ShyBairn created the show that’s a melting pot of comedy! ... Talk Propa makes its point immediately and with exceptional clarity: there’s an issue with the way theatre represents Northerners, and there’s a lack of Northern accents on stage.”
British Theatre Guide - “Talk Propa is a fast, often humorous show, with a serious point to make about the negative stereotypes of Northern accents. It’s always fun and it never lost the audience’s attention...”
Cast & Creative Team Created by SHYBAIRN
Written by NICOLE ACQUAH
Director: CAITLIN EVANS
Producer: BECKY JONES
Assistant Producer: SUSANNAH BRAMWELL
Designer: NIC FARR
Lighting Designer: CARLY ALTBERG
Sound Designer: JAMIE LU
Technical Stage Manager: LUCIE REGAN
Video Designer (Captions): BEN GLOVER
Access Consultant: KATE LOVELL
Movement Direction: AIMEE BEVAN
Performer - 'Amara': LEKHANI CHIRWA
Performer - ‘Bridgette’: CHLOE WADE
Originally devised with DANEKA ETCHELLS in the role of 'Bridgette' (“Daneka Etchells is the most compelling Beatrice you might ever see”, The Guardian on Much Ado About Nothing, Sheffield Crucible 2022)