A shadow puppet play.
EXPLORER stands on a solar panel, pitched on the edge of a cliff like a diving board.
EXPLORER shifts on the panel, readying for a jump, not quite prepared.
this change must be different
it has to be more than a simple ‘x’ for ‘y’ exchange
not wood for coal
coal for oil
oil for gas
must change something more fundamental
how we see the world
how we see each other
what we see
if I am to commit
it has to feel right.
EXPLORER moves back and forwards on panel.
it can be hard to predict the future
in what sense will energy renew?
like a library book due
its deadline extended and extended
the book remaining unread?
like grass sprouting around a condominium
stretching up and out
until everything tingles again?
will the future be one of
more of the same
x for y
y for z
until the alphabet is all spent?
will the future be renewed
no room for extraction
in the caring of the world
the sharing with the sun?
hard to predict…
OTHER EXPLORERS enter, move to the edge of the board.
the only way
even when change is terrifying
even when the future looks like a set of jaws
sometimes the only thing to do
EXPLORERS leap off the panel.
Panel springs like a diving board, EXPLORERS drifting around the screen.
EXPLORERS float magically, nobody hitting the ground.
Backrground colours change, warm ones, like the sun is getting closer, bright yellows and oranges, a happy kaleidoscope.
EXPLORERS continue to float.