Hot Air (2008)

MED Theatre’s 2008 community play ‘Hot Air’ was an environmental comedy, set during an outdoor party on the moor. The party quickly abandons polite conversation and a heated debate breaks out about the origins of global warming, its likely impact on the local community, and the rights and wrongs behind wind farms and other available solutions.

Written by Mark Beeson, this production continued MED Theatre’s long-running tradition of responsive drama about rural issues. Other examples have included The Swallows (1987), which explored the lack of affordable housing in Devon (and later transferred to Radio 4), and The Bees (1992) which explored the conflict between rural employment and landscape conservation.

Audience Debate!

Instead of simply witnessing this debate, Hot Air invited audience members to join in. The play was followed by an interactive period of discussion with the characters, led by a facilitator, and concluded with a vote. The results of the vote can be read by clicking here.

Downloads and Links

Read the script for ‘Hot Air’ here
Read an article about ‘Hot Air’ on the BBC Devon website
Read the programme notes here