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David Finnigan: You’re Safe Til 2024

Date 27 September - 1 October 2022
Location Pit Theatre, Barbican Centre, London

David Finnigan: You’re Safe Til 2024

2022 Edinburgh Fringe First Winner

Armed with a projector, family photos and a pile of sand, playwright David Finnigan relates how 75 hours in modern Australia came to collide with an epic sweep of history during this compelling show.

At the end of 2019, in the English countryside, Finnigan began writing a play about the seven turning points that have brought us to this moment in time – our ecosystems transformed, our planet on the brink of unthinkable climate disaster. But then his hometown of Canberra was hit by bushfires. As an area the size of England burned and one billion animals perished, he started to receive texts from loved ones racing to evacuate amid the devastation.

In a performance that interweaves 75,000 years of humanity with the incredibly personal account of his best friend’s escape, Finnigan calls on scientific research, phone footage and storytelling to illuminate unprecedented global change and how we’ve arrived here. Shot through with humour, pop culture and a rich electronic soundtrack, You’re Safe Til 2024 speaks of resilience and hope.

About the Artist

  • David Finnigan is a writer, theatre-maker and game developer from Australia. He works at the intersection of science and art. He is a co-founder of science-theatre ensemble Boho and an artistic associate of UK company Coney and Filipino company the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.

About the Partner

  • A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

  • Cast Credits
    Created and performed by David Finnigan
    Music by Reuben Ingall

    Image Credits
    Sarah Walker