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Stories in the Dust Review

Led by Wiltshire based performers and theatre makers Iona Johnson and Anna Harriott,

Stories in the Dust is a play made with and for young people with the climate emergency at its core. 


After an initial residency period at MAST Mayflower Studios in 2022, Stories in the Dust was first shared at their Homegrown Emergency Festival. The show then toured out into communities, through Wiltshire Creative. In early 2023 the pair secured Arts Council funding for a three week R&D project, in partnership with Pound Arts and Longford Primary School, with support from Wiltshire Creative. They worked alongside The Environmental Science department of Southampton University to develop the show and create an accompanying education pack which can be accessed here.


The show toured to theatre and community venues, in London and the South West of England, in Autumn 2023.


The show will tour again throughout Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025 alongside an extensive workshop programme that serves to primarily reach those with barriers to accessing the arts. Access and equality are at the heart of Stories in the Dust. 


Inspired by this work, Anna and Iona are Co authors, alongside Professor Ian Williams of Southampton University, of a paper that is published by the Key Cities Innovation Network in the innovative new scientific journal Civic Partners in Net Zero, presented at the House of Commons in April 2024.


The paper, entitled Stories in the Dust: the arts as a medium to communicate climate science research explores how the arts can be an effective tool to inspire social change, communicating climate science by getting right to the heart of an audience, through live theatre


You can find out more about the paper and publication here.


To keep up to date on where the show is heading to next, visit the tour dates page here.

*Autumn tour dates will be announced soon*


Stories in the Dust are proud partners of Pound Arts, MAST Mayflower Studios and Associates of Climate Museum UK

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