Is This How You Feel?
Is This How You Feel? is set to be a powerful, stirring, and essential exploration of climate change, told through verbatim testimony, physical theatre, and music. Theatremakers Shane Anthony (Chopt Logic) and Hayden Rodgers (Boom Squish) are adapting the international letter writing project of the same name, curated by Australian science communicator Joe Duggan. Over the last 5 years, the original project saw responses from climate scientists’ about their emotional connection to the climate crisis as they answered the question “how do you feel about climate change?”. In this adaptation, the voices of youth climate leaders from around the world will be added, creating an emotional snapshot of those most committed to saving the planet.
During this residency, the team aims to continue collecting verbatim testimony from youth climate leaders, revealing emotional themes between themselves and the world’s leading climate scientists, and begin piecing together the structure of this snapshot.
A jack-of-all arts, Hayden began his career in theatre as an actor but has since become distracted and has started writing, designing, and producing theatre as well. His latest distraction brings together his two greatest passions – the environment and theatre – under the banner of Boom Squish. Utilising his experience in show development and his passion for writing, Hayden is creating and producing several new Australian works about the Climate Crisis.
As an actor, Hayden’s experience lies chiefly in developments of new shows and has originated many roles, including Monkey in Little Girl Lost (Company of Rogues/Matriark Theatre, 2019) and Joey/Bernard/Phillipe/Todd in the national tour of Josephine Wants To Dance (Monkey Baa, 2018) – which picked up a Glug and Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Children. Boys of Sondheim (City Recital Hall/Sydney Mardis Gras 2019); Big Blue Sky (development) for NIDA (2019); Don’t Call Me Ishmael (development) for A Very Theatre Company (2018).
Hayden has successfully ventured into creating his own works. His show An Audience With Death was selected for the 2019 Sydney Cabaret Competition and in the same year he wrote Murder, She Sang for independant theatre company, Little Triangle. Hayden has also designed for Little Triangle’s last two major productions, The Wild Party (2018) and Nine (2019), including both production design and sound design for Nine..
Now, Hayden’s theatre company, Boom Squish, intends to create and produce works which stir, provoke, and activate audiences on the issue of climate change while developing, exploring, and promoting sustainable design techniques and materials.