We’re born dying. Hooray? This was true before climate breakdown, but now our grandchildren won’t even remember us fondly. (Assuming we have any.)
This play is about what we do instead of facing that spooky thought: Ruth in 1969 refuses to eat sandwiches with lettuce in them. Ali in 2019 goes on a cruise to say goodbye to the ice. A parent a hundred years in the future tells their child it gets better, even though we’re pretty sure they’re lying.
With HOTHOUSE, MALAPROP once again make big ideas urgently human. And funny! This show is not just One More Thing to Feel Scared and Sad About. Promise. Climate breakdown is so huge that feeling bad is too small a feeling to really do it justice. So why not laugh about death? Why not do a drag cabaret about bees going extinct? Why not play some banging tunes while the ship sinks?
Come along. Laugh. (Loudly.) Panic. (Controlledly.) Think about needing to change (desperately), but not knowing how. Think about cruise ships, horny songbirds, parents, love, legacy, horny rabbits, Minnie Riperton, and whether things can ever get better.
Written by Dylan Coburn Gray with MALAPROP.
A MALAPROP Theatre & THISISPOPBABY Production in partnership with Project Arts Centre and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre.
Photographer: Therese Rafter
FULL PROGRAMME HERE
WHERE WE LIVE TEAM
THISISPOPBABY Directors Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon
Festival Producer Lara Hickey
Marketing Manager & Associate Producer Carla Rogers
Associate Producer Natalie Hans
Production Managers Aisling Mooney & Éanna Whelan
Publicity and PR Conleth Teevan
Production Designer Emmett Scanlon
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Graphic Design Pony Ltd.
Festival Intern Elissavet Chatzinota
THISISPOPBABY General Manager Claire O’Neill