Hello wonderful folks,
Your old pals Alan and Ron here.
You may be thinking ‘Who are you?? I’ve forgotten these moustachioed hotties.’ You may even have thought we had perhaps been trampled by ogres or got so sweaty that we simply melted.
We just wanted to let you know that we are still alive and well, and while we may have tapped out of our online content making for a while, we are slowly baking up some fresh output for the interwebs.
This year, we were supposed to perform our play ‘Two Super Super Hot Men’ to all and sundry, and we’re very sad that that can’t happen. We hope it will at some point - we hope, in a theatre world that has used this time to rebuild better and fairer than before.
But in the meantime, what can we do but keep engaging with the climate crisis fight? We must keep the flame of love alive in our old geezer hearts, burning as bright as Alan’s face after a couple of hours in the back garden on a mildly bright day.
And the main thing us blokes want to say loud and clear, is that CLIMATE JUSTICE = RACIAL JUSTICE, RACIAL JUSTICE = CLIMATE JUSTICE.
This fight cannot be won without the leadership, expertise, and incredible energy of Black writers, activists, educators and academics whose voices are completely vital to the movement. This problem cannot begin to be solved unless we tear down the systems that have oppressed communities of colour all over the world, and meant that they are disproportionately affected by the effects of climate breakdown.
We have committed to Leah Thomas’ Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge, and will be reading, learning and listening to educate ourselves throughout lockdown and beyond.
At the moment, we are focussing on Black voices in the climate movement, so we'd love to direct you towards some incredible educators and resources, so we can work towards a truly intersectional climate movement.
Leah Thomas - @greengirlleah
Vanessa Nakate - @VanessaNakate1
Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson - @ayanaeliza
Mikaela Loach -@mikaelaloach
Genesis Butler - @genesisbutler
Isra Hirsi - @IsraHirsi
Jenne Claiborne - @SweetPotatoSoul
Ashley Renne - @HeyAshleyRenne
Tabitha Brown -@IAmTabithaBrown
Freweyni Asress -@ZeroWasteHabesha
Marie Beecham - @wastefreemarie
Mary Annaïse Heglar - @MaryHeglar
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry - Camille T. Dungy, 2009
Planetwalker - John Francis, 2005
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape - Lauret Savoy, 2015
The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities - Robert D Bullard, 2012
Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities - Robert D Bullard, 2011
The Lost Daughter: A Memoir - Mary Williams, 2013
The Colour Green - Julie's Bicycle
The Yikes Podcast - Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker
Hot Take - Mary Heglar and Amy Westervelt
We Can't Solve the Climate Crisis Unless Black Lives Matter - Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Finding My Climate-Conscious Tribe: Black Nature Lovers and Writers - Kim-Marie Walker
Celebrating Black Environmentalists during Black History Month - San Francisco Department for Environment
We Don't Have To Halt Climate Action To Fight Racism - Mary Annaïse Heglar
Why Every Environmentalist Should Be Anti-Racist - Leah Thomas
We’ll see you soon.
Alan and Ron
*If you want to buy these books please avoid Amazon if you can. Instead, please consider supporting a Black-owned independent bookshop or buying second hand.
Activism appears in many forms - some of the books we have recommended here are directly educational or scientific, while some are poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction about landscape, the environment and identity. We recommend this article by Lauren Michele Jackson for some important thoughts on approaching texts by Black authors - respecting each text on its own terms, without expecting each one to provide a blueprint on how to be anti-racist environmentalists.
That’s right! Alan and Ron run 5, donate 5, tag 5 … and WAKE UP AT 5am??? We don’t do things half heartedly. Watch the video to see how we did (and to hear the dawn chorus).
Are you a plant fanatic? Spring is the perfect time to repot your little buddies. Here, Alan show's you how it's done!
Ron watched it back with his parents which was an interesting experience… he’s not sure he would recommend it.
Read more about the festival here.
In a parallel universe, we geezers would be performing our debuts at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. We’d be throwing back our pints from our reusable cups and soaking up the festival atmosphere. People from far across the land would flock to see the boys in action, and we’d all share a big embrace, thanking our lucky stars for chortles and chuckles.
Unfortunately, our vision of the summer changed when the coronavirus pandemic was announced, lockdown began and live events were cancelled. We were sad to see this happen, but knew that keeping everyone safe was the most important thing.
While we wouldn’t be hitting the stage this summer, we decided to try and brighten up people’s days with silly videos and posts online. We hope we can continue to make people smile, while giving them top tips on how to save the planet. Stay safe, stay home.
We had an absolute blast finally bringing the full monty (oi oi) to the masses, as we’ve been brewing this for well over a year now.
We got some lovely reviews from Spy in the Stalls and The Play’s the Thing - do forgive us for having a quick toot of our own trumpet:
★★★★★ 'an award-worthy piece that that is pointedly political while being warmly hilarious and wonderfully entertaining' - The Spy in the Stalls
'A masterclass of clowning, using rhythm and absurd humour to confront the failings of hapless humanity' - The Play's the Thing
We’d like to give special thanks to our whole team who helped us clumsy boys along the way: Clara Potter-Sweet, Luke Rollason, Adapt (Richard Ashton and Josie Tucker), Will Spence, Qasim Salam, and Emma Wagstaff.
Huge thanks to the VAULT team for having us - we hope we’ll all be back hugging each other in those lovely underground tunnels some day soon!
On 22nd February 2020, we performed at Extinction Rebellion and Culture Declares' late night party at VAULT Festival 2020.
Yep that’s right, this was an interactive and immersive late night playground responding to the climate and ecological emergency TO REMEMBER.
Headline acts included DJ sets by Edwin Congreave of Foals and Fay Milton of Savages, The Umbrella Academy star Rob Sheehan and slam winning spoken word artist Tanaka Fuego.
Check out Extinction Rebellion's video from the night.
Read more about how we're making our show sustainable in our blog with artsdepot.
Luckily, our good friends Adapt had just the antidote - a Climate Change Party Talk booklet to help you out of all those sticky situations! We had a lovely read of some of the contents, and helped to hand out these bad boys around London and Bristol.
From the front page to the sports section, and every advert in between, the amazing design duo, Adapt, turned every tiny detail of the newspaper into positive and parodical commentary on climate change and the urgent need for a Green New Deal.
You bet that we were that we were just the fellas to dish these out to the masses.
In the show, two hapless clowns try to soundtrack a climate documentary while coming face-to-face with ecological crisis, something they have never comprehended fully. As their world becomes increasingly surreal, and their methods of creating sound follow suit, the audience are taken on an audio journey. The characters’ refusal to change becomes harder to enact, and increasingly hilarious.
Do you have an event, stunt or campaign that could use a bit of tongue-in-cheek climate activism? Hire Alan and Ron! Whether you need compères, bouncers or rubbish collectors, we’ve got your back!
Our past appearances have included handing out satirical versions of the Metro packed full of climate news, created by Adapt and Green New Deal UK. We will also be at Extinction Rebellion's interactive late night party at VAULT Festival on 22nd February 2020, Hawaiian shirts and all, ready to engage the masses.
The team behind Alan and Ron can offer workshops in sustainable theatre making and comedy climate activism! We have previously led workshops at the VAULT Festival offices, as well as Pleasance Theatre and Fringe Central at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Staging Change.
Alan and Ron are sweaty. Really sweaty. The heat is rising in their studio and the milk has gone off. But life goes on, right?
As they continue to soundtrack climate documentaries, it becomes harder and harder to describe what’s going on. Alan is growing leaves and there's sand in the kettle. Can they escape to a new future? Can they create it?
A show about (dis)connection with nature, and the power of imagination in a time of climate crisis.
'Two Super Super Hot Men' was developed with support from Arts Council England, artsdepot, and the Pleasance Theatre.
★★★★★ - thespyinthestalls “an award-worthy piece that is pointedly political while being warmly hilarious and wonderfully entertaining”
13th-14th March 2020 at 18:00 (55 mins)
Studio - The Vaults, Leake Street
Brighton Fringe - POSTPONED:
1st-13rd May 2020 at 16:00 (55 mins)
Theatre Box - The Warren, Victoria Gardens
Alan and Ron is a new comedy theatre duo made up of award-winning theatre makers Alice Boyd and Rosa Garland.
We make mischievous theatre that deals with difficult questions.
We find hope and laughter in rock bottom, and create positive calls to action.
We dress up; we dance; we make ourselves look stupid.
Alan and Ron believe in work that is political - but also pant-wettingly hilarious, uplifting and accessible.
We consider our environmental impact in every decision we make, from travel, to production, to marketing. We are members of Staging Change, a network of theatre makers, venues and organisations working to tackle the climate crisis.
Alice Boyd • co-artistic director (Alan)
Alice is a sound artist, theatre maker and environmental campaigner. She is a company member of Poltergeist, who won Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre’s Untapped Award 2019, and are creative associates at The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford. Her sound design was recently shortlisted for #CreateCOP25, an artistic competition for the UN’s climate conference in Madrid in December 2019. She is also Founder and Co-Director of Staging Change, a network of over 200 theatre makers, venues and organisations working to improve the industry's sustainability.
Rosa Garland • co-artistic director (Ron)
Rosa is a theatre maker, actor and writer. She is also a company member of award winning theatre company, Poltergeist. She is represented by the Actors’ Creative Team. Previous acting work includes Sleepless Theatre’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ (Edinburgh Fringe, Zoo 2016), ‘Edward II’ (Oxford Playhouse, 2017), and Poltergeist’s ‘The White Guard’ (Albion Beatnik, Oxford, 2017), and ‘Garden’ (The North Wall Arts Centre, 2017).
Adapt • Designers
Adapt is a climate club using art and design to combat climate change, led by Josie Tucker and Richard Ashton. They make design focused work about environmental issues using humour and contemporary culture to demystify climate change and provide simple and accessible solutions for action. They have are British Council 10x10 Emerging Designers of the year and have collaborated with Ecosia, Green New Deal UK and Tate Lates and more.