NEW DATES: March 19-23, 2014, 8:00 PM
…the ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off.”
Sea Sick – performed by Alanna Mitchell and adapted from her award-winning book – is a powerful and deeply personal solo performance. Mitchell discovers the secrets of the ocean, faces the demons of the deeps and finds hope.
Created and performed by Alanna Mitchell. Directed by Franco Boni with Ravi Jain. Produced by The Theatre Centre.
Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author, who writes about science and social trends and specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international best seller that won the prestigious US-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Alanna is a freelance science writer for the New York Times and other publications, a contributor to CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and a columnist for Canadian Wildlife. Mitchell is also a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer on scientific issues.
Praise for Alanna Mitchell’s book Sea Sick
“[Mitchell] traveled around the world to get this story, reporting it like a demon and writing like an angel.” – Grantham Prize Jury comments
“With a writer’s eye for detail and a reporter’s expertise in pulling in disparate information, Mitchell has woven a powerful and deeply unsettling story about our collective abuse of the cradle of all life. Fortunately, she also gives up hope and a path forward if we have the wisdom to act.” – Maude Barlow
“Sea Sick is an adventure tale with scientists as the heroes. With wit, style and a powerful sense of history it takes us on a wonderful fact-finding tour beneath the surface of Earth’s largest habitat. It could help change the way we think about our relationship with the seas.” – Roger Harrabin, BBC
“Humanity is visiting a desolation upon the world. We already bear primary responsibility for the extermination of more than 100,000 fellow species. During the next few decades, that colossal massacre may well be doubled or trebled. Death is running amok on the earth, but especially in the seas. If you would know how and why, read Sea Sick… although it may make you heartsick.” – Farley Mowat
Audio: Alanna Mitchell
Alanna Mitchell on the place of culture (0:01.22)
Why Coral Reefs Matter
Alanna Mitchell on the importance of coral (0:01.00)
Sea Sick for the Stage
Alanna Mitchell on adapting her award-winning book for the stage (0:01.14)
Alanna Mitchell talks about the importance of artists telling stories, her involvement with Cape Farewell, and about her subsequent adaptation of her award-winning book Sea Sick into a solo theatrical performance.
This video was generously made and produced by Oasis HD for Cape Farewell Foundation’s Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition and festival.