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22 September 2022 to 2 October 2022 The Master Shipwright's House

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Fuel Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE GRETCHEN QUESTION, a site-specific production in the historic grounds of The Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford. This thought-provoking production invites audiences to reflect upon the future and the impact of climate change, in a site of great historical importance.

The Gretchen Question is a new production co-created by Melly Still and Max Barton, featuring live music by Second Body and design by E. M. Parry. Drawing from the history of climate change, it invites the audience to inquire what the future holds.

In the 18th century, Gretchen witnesses the Royal Society return from a polar expedition with a mysterious oyster, promising unlimited wealth on the eve of industrial revolution. Present day, Maisie sets out to livestream from the Arctic as part of a questionable brand partnership. Lulit wakes on an ice rink, struggling to remember what happened to her last night. Through these interwoven stories, The Gretchen Question dissects how we have arrived at the current climate emergency. 

Staged outdoors by the Thames at the remarkable Master Shipwright’s House in Deptford. Once the most important shipbuilding yard in the world and now a hidden gem of London, Shipwright opens its doors for audiences to experience The Gretchen Question in a unique open-air setting. Taking inspiration from the past, this new production invites us to inquire what the future holds for us.


The Gretchen Question

Co-written by Melly Still and Max Barton

Directed by Melly Still

Designed by E.M. Parry

Lighting designed by Malcolm Rippeth

Music by Second Body

22 September - 2 October

Further Information: The Gretchen Question - Fuel Theatre