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Wednesday
Feb022011

Greenland

As readers know, London's West End will soon be showing two different plays about climate change and these were the subject of last night's Night Waves programme on BBC Radio 3. As far as I can tell, Greenland is a propaganda piece, while The Heretic at least takes dissenters as its theme (although I daresay the heretic in question will have a change of heart at the end). I don't suppose it will be a surprise then to learn that the BBC decided to look at Greenland.

The audio is here, from about 19:15. It's quite interesting, with presenter Anne McElvoy suggesting that the play is rather unchallenging and doesn't give the dissenting voice a hearing. The response is, of course, that the science is in and...you know the rest.

There's a review of Greenland here.

Disappointing multi-author climate change play...with an interesting drama about the Copenhagen climate change summit struggling to get out from an unsatisfactory mish-mash of interwoven playlets and sketches. Marred by some baffling directorial decisions.

 

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Reader Comments (16)

I couldn't even get past half of the nauseating synopsis, and people spend money to go see this type of stuff?

I suppose everyone needs a creative outlet, and this is far less dangerous than the outlet chosen by most climate scientists, who foist their creativity on us as fact.

Feb 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

Sort of reflects the dissappointment expressed about other multi-author efforts on climate change - namely the IPPC.

Feb 2, 2011 at 9:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterMac

From the review:
“Otherwise this is preaching to the converted, AMONG WHOM I AM HAPPY TO COUNT MYSELF. At one point a scientist displays the hockey-stick graph of global temperatures suddenly soaring FROM THE EARLY 19THC ONWARDS which convinced me the earth was warming”
This is why I moan so often here that we haven’t won; we haven’t even started.
This is the sentient, literate 5% of the population talking, and they haven’t even begun to reflect on the possibility that they might not understand.

Feb 2, 2011 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered Commentergeoffchambers

On the subject of Greenland, Bruce Parry's programme on the last of the traditional Inuit hunters in the north of Greenland is well worth watching - available until Feb 13th on the i-player at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xjyfx/Arctic_with_Bruce_Parry_Greenland/

Sure there were the usual references to ice melting earlier than usual (which I don't dispute, but the assumption was that it was due to AGW and nothing to do with long term natural changes in ocean currents), but to be fair to Parry he clearly reflected the view of the Inuit that they saw the biggest threat to their culture as not climate change but conservationists who kept putting unrealistic quotas on how many narwal and polar bears they could take.

Worth watching the other episodes on the natives of Alaska, Canada and Siberia also. I like Parry, his ability to forge trusting relationships with native people in only a few weeks is admirable. He even won round the bowhead whale hunters on the Alaskan North Rim - no mean feat as they are very distrustful of any film-makers lest the footage ends up being used as Greenpeace propaganda.

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commenterlapogus

this is NW London speaking...and all those who need to show their enthusiasm for saving the planet..

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

The dramatist is presumably a possible future Nobel Prize winner for literature. Al Gore could probably do with some company.

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

confused...
NW London rules, ok? They (I mean “we”, as an ex NW3-ite) have always had an undue influence on the rest of the country, but at least they didn’t make Fabianism, Feng Shui and aromatherapy into a UN-backed dogma accepted by all main political parties. And they used to know how to laugh at themselves.

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM | Unregistered Commentergeoffchambers

From the Royal Court Theatre: The Heretic

The study of climate science is the cool degree at the university where Dr Diane Cassell is a lead academic in Earth Sciences.

At odds with the orthodoxy over the cause of climate change, she finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to ask if the issue is becoming political as well as personal. Could the belief in anthropogenic global warming be the most attractive religion of the 21st century? What evidence do we need before deciding what to believe?

Richard Bean’s black comedy questions whether the science is settled.

I wonder if the Heretic will get more laughs than the unintentional laughter at the showing of Greenland.

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterMac

http://news.scotsman.com/news/Met-Office-to-give-forecasts.6708489.jp

Feb 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

Sounds like a Legz Akimbo production.

Feb 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterDreadnought

There's a less than glowing review of Greenland here:
http://westendwhingers.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/review-greenland-national-theatre/

From the comments: "I’d rather watch green paint dry, it’s honest and inoffensive."

I'm idly speculating here, could there be such thing as the Curse of Climate Change, which magically turns every novel, play, TV drama, poem or painting devoted to that subject into a festering heap of compost?

Feb 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Greenland is the kind of thing I'd like to see in a sceptic documentary. It's so silly, so petit bourgois and so pathetic the average TV viewer would laugh his head off. Let's spend a day with the champagne breakfast Oxbridge crew at 10:10 and the Guardian. That would be hilarious too. When John Vidal of the Guardian interviewed Lord Monckton, Vidal managed to sound not only posher than Monckton, but also superior and patronising.

Global warming is a fashionable cause celebre for the sub luvvie upper middle class professional classes. It was sold on the basis that anyone who didn't join in was an uneducated moron. I would make that look like nasty snobbery. Let's have a camera on a meeting as10:10 plan their next 'blowing up the peasants' documentary.

Environmentalism is also a tradition amongst the land owning upper classes and their hangers on like Porritt, Melchett, Monbiot etc. I would love to do documentary on George Monbiot, highlighting his right wing Conservative family, his aristocratic roots and his connections to the far right.

Class still sells in this country.

Feb 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterE Smith

It so good to know Brian Rix is still alive! I am sure he hit his 80th birthday in 2004!

Feb 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterPete H

@ E. Smith

"Global warming is a fashionable cause celebre for the sub luvvie upper middle class professional classes."

You're right. I see the AGW thing rather like colonic irrigation. It seems to be the kind of thing people with too much money resort to to pass the time. The good bishop has prevously posted on the "conservation of worry" and I suspect that there's a lot in that idea.

I haven't seen the plays or read the reviews.

Feb 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM | Unregistered Commentertimheyes

Artic warming ? - Read this !

http://autonomousmind.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/arctic-warming-crisis/

Feb 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohndeFrance

From the comments ...

... the envirostocracy – of whom there were a lot there judging by the number of anoraks and beards...

I. Love. That
Somebody sign Grumpy up for something. Quick.

Feb 2, 2011 at 7:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterSam the Skeptic

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