Seeds - Stage
Biodiversity, Food Security, Sacrifice
Seeds is an exploration into the life and work of Nikolai Vavilov (1887 - 1943) - a plant geneticist whose life's goal it was to end world famine.
He created the first seed bank at his institute in Leningrad, Russia out of samples that he collected from across the world. During World War II he fell out of favour with Stalin and starved to death in a Soviet prison. Vavilov's story and the issues that it raises remain underrepresented in the public domain but the issues of food security and biodiversity have never been more relevant - although obesity is a major problem in the developed world, malnutrition remains a threat for millions of others and climate change will make their food security even more fragile.
R&D Phase One: March 2019 @ Pleasance, Islington R&D Phase Two: January 2020 @ Camden People's Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre & Clapham Omnibus.
Other partners include: Kew Gardens, Birmingham Food Council and Warwick University
Text by Nick Walker, Design by Minglu Wang, Sound design by Jon Ouin, Movement Phase 1 by Dan Canham, Movement Phase 2 by Lucy Cullingford.
Seeds of Hope is now booking performance dates in 2021/22.
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