Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed! live on stage

Pentecostal Minister Sergei Carbonacious III*, BUMS CE02 Coral Bleach, Professor Lord Gaseous Mockington^ and Lignite Pitt QC

Digging Deeper is a satirical exploration of the ties between billionaires, dictators, aggressive ‘fake news’ assaults on democracy and human and environmental abuse. None of that is at all funny, but this show is!

Surely they won’t forget us when they cast their votes!

Revealing the forces behind Australia’s 20-year war on the climate, on native species, and the Great Barrier Reef, exposing the deep ties between global ‘fossilgarchs’*, ‘political donations’, conflicted decision makers, and casino capitalism, this production is the first staged work in the comic cabaret tradition offering by ClimActs – a performative activist group usually seen intercepting polluter-friendly politicians and fossil fuel financiers.

Occupying the red carpet and delaying the Heartland Institute’s world premiere screening of The Climate Hustle for more than an hour. Here we are with our mentor Lord Monckton, December 2015

Under the direction of their powerfully effluent CE0² Coral Bleach, ClimActs’ Coal Diggers have made a name for themselves in the media through crashing high level ministerial events of Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt, and by “surprising” guests at Gina Rinehart’s gala event (including politicians who tried to sneak past them and police officers hurriedly called to the scene) with their subversive brand of performance art.

Thank heavens we were there to protect our mate (and Federal Environment Minister) Josh from hordes of elitist lowlife leftist greenies who gate crashed the Kooyong 200 Club’s fundraising brekkie, September 2017

Digging Deeper is a staged platform for Australia’s peskiest and proudest climate performance-blockaders to sing, dance, crash, yell and share their thoughts to a (potentially) more receptive audience than the parliamentarians, oligarchs and press that are usually running away from them. This work is part of an ongoing series of rapid response ‘fast and furious’ climate related performances to raise awareness and stimulate public discussions about the root causes of rising inequity and environmental degradation.

Minister Sergei Carbonacious III and Professor Lord Gaseous Mockington showing how to keep the economy safe!

Speaking up for young people who will bear the brunt of Australia’s appalling climate policies, Digging Deeper’s cast includes Hunter Stanford and Zachary Hart, a couple of exceptionally accomplished young actors from graduating Class of 2018.

Melbourne, we’re coming for you

Whether it’s hustling on the red carpet in Paris with global high flying climate denier Lord Monckton, or addressing Canberra’s ‘Fake News’ Media Pack at Australia’s Parliament house on Day One of the Abbott Government’s reign, ClimActs AKA The Coal Diggers are dedicated to making a splash (and to making the world a better place).

Digging Deeper opens on Monday March 18th with a limited season of just five performances until Saturday 23rd March 2019. Bookings recommended.

* Advisor to the Director of Russia’s Ministry for Truth 💰
^ Medieval Geographer from the Frackers’ Guild of the Universitarse of Climatastropharse (est 1235 AD) 💣


Show Details: Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed!

Dates: 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd March 2019 at 7pm

Cost: $25-32

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Tickets: thebutterflyclub.com

Media contact for interview arrangements, high-res photos, bios and further info:

Tom Dickins

Publicity and Media Manager

The Butterfly Club

tom@thebutterflyclub.com

A brief history of ClimActs’ ‘interventions’ and commissions:

  • ClimActs is a politically strategic, voluntary-run Australian performance collective using striking visual spectacle and satire to communicate the urgent need for the world to respond to grave threats from climate change, for more visit climacts.org.au
  • ClimActs presents spectacle and satire acts including the internationally celebrated Climate Guardians, Coal Diggers, Medieval Astronomers from the Flat Earth Institute of the Universitarse of Climatastropharse (est 1033AD), Steampunk Resurrectionists from the Frackers Guild, and Cyber-Coal Operatives from the Hackers Guild.
  • Since forming in 2013, in various guises, ClimActs players have intercepted many notable climate spoilers including Tony Abbott, Lord Monckton, Julie Bishop, Josh Frydenberg, Greg Hunt, Clive Palmer, Alexander Downer, and Michael O’Brien.
  • With utmost respect and compassion for how Parisians were feeling following the brutal Friday 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Climate Guardians defied the State of Emergency declaration that strictly limited civil society movements, including public protesting, during COP21, December 2015.
  • Coal Diggers gleefully ‘ambushed’ (according to the Herald Sun) the then soon to be PM Tony Abbott and Deputy PM Julie Bishop on the Federal election campaign trail, September 2013
  • ClimActs has also performed as guest artists at Australian and international festivals including staging the opening performance art piece for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014, two performances for the City of Ballarat’s Interventions (2014), four performances for the City of Ballarat’s Winter Laneway Festival (2015), at ArtCOP21(Paris, 2015), at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s special Preview Opening of Janet Laurence’s H2O Water Bar (Paddington Reservoir, Sydney, 2016), the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (UK, 2016), the Australian Performing Arts Centres Associations (APACA) Conference/PAX (2016), the Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) in Ballarat (2018), and at the launch of Janet Laurence: After Nature at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2019).

 

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