CHANGE Festival Commission

CHANGE Festival are very proud to be the commissioners of brand new play, The World We Made, making it’s premiere at CHANGE on Friday 18 October 2019.

This urgent new work is inspired by a book by Jonathon Porritt, the UK’s most eminent environmentalist.

About the Play

What will it take for us to save ourselves?

The World We Made is told by Keli and Luke, two students living in 2050. It shows a glimpse of how our lives could be in the future, if we pull together and change now ... before it’s too late. We take a look at 2050 through these students’ eyes and imagine the dramatic events that have got us there.

This is a story of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the world who together achieve profound change: a Danish scientist, a global pop star, a Canadian truck driver, an African human rights activist, and a community gardener from Yorkshire.

The journey follows personal and collective challenges, the struggles and losses as well as the enormous achievements, painting a compelling picture of the defining moments, breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that have made the world ‘work’ in 2050. Based on extensive factual research from Jonathon Porritt’s seminal book of the same name, The World We Made offers a vibrant and dynamic vision of a world that is still available to us – if we act fast on the radical changes that are needed so urgently today.

All performances will include a post show discussion with an environmental expert or community activist.

Written by Beth Flintoff
Directed by Sophie Austin
Produced by Becky Burchell
Inspired by Jonathon Porritt

Cast Leann O’Kasi, Tom Ross-Williams, Emma Cater
Design Niall McKeever
Lighting Design Stella Kailides & Niall McKeever
Sound Design Ellie Isherwood
Technical Stage Manager Stella Kailides


During 2019, we will be touring to a variety of venues from arts centres to schools to conferences for seated audiences of 50 to 100 in studio/hall spaces. We will use the feedback from these initial performances to inform a longer tour in 2020.

2019 public performances include:

18th October, 7.30pm - Warwick Arts Centre,

Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, 8th November 7.30pm - call to book 01483 68 6876 or click on online booking link below

Creative Process

Becky Burchell envisioned a stage show of The World We Made after being hugely inspired by Jonathon Porritt’s book of the same name. The World We Made book describes a planet that is green, fair, connected, and collaborative. Based on extensive research, Jonathon Porritt reveals how we can achieve a genuinely sustainable world by 2050 if we act immediately. Part history, part narrative, The World We Made describes the key events, technological breakthroughs, and lifestyle revolutions that could transform our planet.

Becky convened the brilliant creative team to bring the stories and research from the book to life. Beth Flintoff, the scriptwriter, has worked closely with Jonathon to ensure that the script is not only theatrically compelling, but factually accurate and convincing. We have benefited greatly from the support of Professor Tim Jackson and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey who have provided invaluable funding, research and touring support for the project. Kim Polman and Reboot the Future and Mohamed Amersi and the Amersi Foundation have also played a key role in the development of the play.

Sophie Austin, the director, has staged the play to be seated ‘in the round’ to immerse the audience in the performance and creative team Niall McKeever, Ellie Isherwood and Stella Kailides have devised the innovative design, sound and lighting to have a super-low environmental impact and be light enough to tour on public transport, including the latest portable speaker technology from Minirig and wireless lighting from SXS Events.

The National Theatre Studios have kindly provided space for the creative team to conduct a week of research and development in 2018 as well as space for rehearsals in 2019.

With Thanks To…

Our key partners:

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (University of Surrey)
Jonathon Porritt
Reboot the Future
The Amersi Foundation
Arts Council England

Our supporters:
Minirig, National Theatre Studios, Good Energy, The Albany, SXS Events, Universal Rentals, Patagonia,

Our heroes : 
Liam O’Brien, Mikayl Dawood, Karyn Wilson, Will Monks, Sarah Readman, Nick Flintoff


For more information on becoming a partner or hosting the play, please contact Becky Burchell