Sharp-witted comedy with a message for our planet

The play deals with environmental issues
The play deals with environmental issues

A stage production about the wild, unpredictable effects of climate change is coming to Market Harborough.

The “sharp and deliciously comic” production Baked Alaska is performed by the Riding Lights Theatre Company, who want to engage young people with the issues of global warming.

The play will be performed at St Dionysius Church in Church Square on Monday, September 28 at 7.30pm.

Baked Alaska tells colourful and interconnecting stories from all four corners of the earth about how we all individually deal with the changing climate.

Riding Lights hope to “serve up the realities of climate change with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved.” The show promises to be energetic and “seriously funny”.

The production is in partnership with Christian Aid, Operation Noah and the Diocese of Lichfield, who hope to increase the exposure of these issues leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December.

Ann Burden of Christian Aid said: “This year is a crucial one, ahead of the Paris summit in December. Climate change hits the poorest the hardest. We’d like to encourage everyone to get involved, raise concerns with local MPs and be part of the answer.”

Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities, providing urgent assistance against poverty. Operation Noah is a Christian charity working on a response to tackling climate change.

The Diocese of Lichfield, one of the largest in the Church of England, directed half of this year’s Lent Appeal

to sponsoring ‘Baked Alaska’.

Riding Lights, who have put on the production of ‘Baked Alaska’, aim to bring accessible, innovative theatre into all kinds of communities.

They produce plays based around current issues and our everyday hopes and fears - such as climate change.

Their previous productions have included Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist, York Mystery Plays and African Snow, which marked the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.

Tickets are on sale now for £12 by calling the box office on 01904 613000. Groups of 8+ people of ages 18 and under only cost £7.50 per person.