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Journalist Alanna Mitchell: ‘This is a hinge moment for our civilisation… if we kill the oceans we kill the planet’

Ahead of its Irish premiere in Belfast, Canadian journalist Alanna Mitchell talks about turning her book Sea Sick into a powerful one-woman show

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Solo show: Alanna Mitchell

Solo show: Alanna Mitchell

Solo show: Alanna Mitchell

Being a performer never crossed the mind of Alanna Mitchell when she was growing up. One of four children of a scientist dad and artist mum, she was studious and bookish and had subsequently forged a successful career as a business journalist and author writing about science and social trends and specialising in environmental investigative reporting.

However, after giving a talk to a group of people in Toronto, to publicise her eighth book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, she was approached by a theatre director who told her that it should be made into a play — a one-woman play, with the one-woman being Alanna.

Said play makes its Irish premiere at The MAC in Belfast on October 16 and 17, as part of Belfast International Arts Festival.


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