"When it comes to the 3 F words. Food. Fuel. And Freshwater. We are fucked. Fucked. And fucked. And we are getting more fucked, the more fucking, people are doing."
Written by Maud Dromgoole (Mary's Babies, VAULT 2018) and directed by Bethany Pitts (Fuck You Pay Me, VAULT 2018, People's Choice Award), 3 Billion Seconds is a funny, macabre love story.
Population Matters activists Daisy and Michael want to save the world. And all they want you to do is not have a baby. Do you know that a baby born in Britain today will live an estimated 3 billion seconds? And be responsible for 160 times the greenhouse gas emissions as a baby born in Ethiopia?
They do. Daisy and Michael know a lot of things about population. But now they are pregnant. And they don't know what to do. How can you offset 3 billion seconds of life?
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Maud is a writer from London, her play Mary's Babies which premiered at Vaults 2018 has been developed at the Bush Theatre and Kings Head Theatre and is going on to a full run at the Jermyn Street Theatre March/ April 2019. Other plays include Acorn (Courtyard Theatre), Rosa, Ursula and Richard (finalist Mercury Wienberger prize 2018), and Blue Moon which was also directed by Bethany. Her short plays have been performed at The Bunker, Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Hackney Attic, Cockpit Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre. Her sitcom Acting Up was shortlisted for BBC Comedy Scriptroom. She is currently working on her new play Lucy Blue.
Bethany Pitts is an award winning theatre director specialising in new work. She was Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2012–2013, working under Artistic Director Simon Stokes, and prior to that worked as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre 503. Theatre includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit by Halley Feiffer (Finborough Theatre), Fuck You Pay Me by Joana Nastari (VAULT (People's Choice Award) & Edinburgh Festival) Brutal Cessation by Milly Thomas (Theatre 503 / Assembly), Spine by Clara Brennan (Soho Theatre, Underbelly, National Tour – Fringe First Winner 2014), Tether by Isley Lynn (Underbelly), FreeFall by Vinay Patel (Pleasance Islington – Nominated for Off West End Best Director), Desert (National Tour and Latitude Festival).
Director: Bethany Pitts
Praise for previous work
Press on director Bethany Pitts
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard on A Funny Thing Happened ★★★★ 'The beats and rhythms of Bethany Pitts' production are very appealing.'
Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide on Spine ★★★★★ “Under the direction of Bethany Pitts this might just project the young performer towards awards, which would be richly deserved.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Spine ★★★★ “It's all the better for it in a production by Bethany Pitts that reminds that we can change the world beginning with ourselves and our own community.”
The Stage on Spine ★★★★ "Directed by Bethany Pitts with a near relentless sense of pace”
The Independent on Brutal Cessation “Directed with an eye for the humour found in moments of bleakness by Bethany Pitts"
The Stage on Brutal Cessation ★★★★ “Vicious, sad and excellently acted”
Broadway Baby on Brutal Cessation ★★★★ “This play will keep you gripped and attentive throughout.”
Press on writer Maud Dromgoole’s Acorn
LiveTheatre UK ★★★★
WestEnd Wilma ★★★★ ‘Positively boils over with charm and humour ... laugh out loud funny... A real triumph’
FairyPoweredProductions ‘My only quibble is that Acorn isn’t long enough’
Exuent ‘Dromgoole’s script unfurls expertly... ... Acorn is an indication of great things to come from an exciting team of young and irrepressible female artists.’