By Noëlle Janaczewska. Directed by Kate Gaul.
Will climate change erase winter leaving it to exist only in fairy tales, paintings, and historical accounts? In hot, bushfire-prone Australia our winters are becoming warmer and shorter. The End of Winter is about loss and resilience. It’s about the places one can search for cold weather —places that can be reached via public transport and the imagination.
This is a new work for the stage that speaks to our current climate crisis. Written in the wake of the devastation of the 2019 bush fires it asks: What’s happening to winter?
Noëlle Janaczewska is a multi-award-winning Australian writer whose plays, radio scripts, libretti, fiction, and essays have been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas.
The themes and ideas contained within The End of Winter lean into the most significant issue of our time – the changing climate and the loss of seasons.
“Noëlle’s unfailing ability to ignite universal emotions and laughter in all of us while gloriously revealing her own exquisite uniqueness is one of this piece’s great joys. This is a feminist work, which explores shifting identites – writer, child, carer, lover, explorer.” Kate Gaul
★★★★ “The End of Winter is often enlightening, often sobering, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended.” Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise