Rising by Madeleine Border, Hannah Belanszky, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt, Sarah Wilson

CAST: 2 female, 1 male

CASTING NOTES: 13 characters can be played by 3 actors or expanded out to an ensemble

STYLE: Drama

A PLAY TO: Read, read aloud, study, perform in class, produce (see casting notes)

THEMES: Sustainability, the environment, strong political themes

SYNOPSIS: RISING by Hannah Belanszky, Madeleine Border, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt and Sarah Wilson is an ambitious new work responding to the looming ecological crisis in an effort to find equality and balance.

Facing imminent environmental, economic and social collapse, through rising sea levels, scarcity of food and fresh water, and open conflict between Government and Rebel forces, a remote island country is at a tipping point.

When a bomb explodes killing civilians and UN peacekeepers the pressure mounts for definitive action to solve this ecological and humanitarian crisis, but the competing visions of the Nation’s future have no room for compromise. Among the widespread chaos, five individual stories of integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

STAGING: There are five interwoven stories in RISING. Multiple locations are apparent and the script suggests a flexible performance space, sound and lighting design, and aspects of Epic Theatre.

We acknowledge that we live and create on unceded lands. We pay our respects to the First Peoples of Australia, and to their elders past, present and future.

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