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"Your bamboo toothbrush won't save us,
you don't recycle it anyways!"

Amara meets Bridgette at a protest, one of those ‘hippy, green, save-the-planet’ things. She’s just popped out to grab some milk and now she’s late – and there’s a flood coming.


Bridgette’s a committed activist. Amara’s about to finish her GCSEs. Their town’s been flooded. 




But how’s getting arrested going to help anything? They can’t afford to do that.

BURNOUT is devised by ShyBairn Theatre (BREACH Theatre Associate Company 2021/2022), written by Nicole Acquah (Women’s Playwriting Prize Shortlist 2022 for SANKOFA) and created with climate activists across the UK.

TOUR 2023

Vault Festival, London

18, 19 March 

Laurels Theatre, Whitley Bay

24, 25 March

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

30, 31 May


Live Theatre, Newcastle

2, 3 June


South Street Arts Centre, Reading

7 June

BURNOUT was developed at Live Theatre in Newcastle,

artsdepot and New Diorama Broadgate in London, kindly funded by Arts Council England.


Work in progress first performed at Live Theatre on Friday 14th May 2021 (Livestreamed)

Work in progress live sharing at artsdepot on Thursday 2nd December 2021


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Production shots by Tom Johnson (TJ MOV)

DIRECTOR: Caitlin Evans (she/her)

WRITER: Nicole Acquah (she/her)

PERFORMER: Lekhani Chirwa (she/her)

PERFORMER: Chloe Wade (she/her)

DESIGNER: Nic Farr (he/they)

SOUND DESIGNER: Jamie Lu (she/her)

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Carly Altberg (she/her)

VIDEO DESIGNER (CAPTIONS): Ben Glover (he/him)

TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER: Lucie Regan (she/her)

ACCESS CONSULTANCY: Kate Lovell (she/her)

PRODUCER: Becky Jones (she/her)

ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Susannah Bramwell (she/her)

Originally devised with performer Daneka Etchells (she/they) as 'Bridgette' and Lekhani Chirwa (she/her) as 'Amara'.

The show was researched, developed and devised by the company.

Trailer made by Tom Johnson - TJMov 

Filmed on R&D at Live Theatre, supported by Arts Council England 

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