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Definition of morality play

1 : an allegorical play popular especially in the 15th and 16th centuries in which the characters personify abstract qualities or concepts (such as virtues, vices, or death)

2 : something (such as a court trial) which involves a direct conflict between right and wrong or good and evil and from which a moral lesson may be drawn

Source: Mirriam-Webster Dictionary

If the definitions above make "morality plays" sound dry and boring, that's a false impression. They were so popular because they were highly entertaining, with knockabout fun, even though the audience was supposed to draw a moral lesson. And boy, is there a moral lesson which needs to be learnt today, and quickly, while we still have time to take the steps needed to keep our planet habitable!

Enfield People's Theatre, comprising mostly first-time actors, will be performing Lynda Brennan's new play If Not Now, Then When? at the Crouch End Festival and then three times during Enfield's Big Green Climate Festival, which runs from 18th to 26th September in venues throughout the borough. Judging from the pre-show publicity, it fits the Morality Play slot exactly. It's described as an "interactive community play for a loud and active audience of children and adults" and the plot goes like this:

Gaia is an Edmonton resident who loves nature, is a keen gardener and is concerned when she sees trees being cut down in the area. She is also worried about the fumes from the Edmonton incinerator, which is near her house. On her way to complain she is hindered by Mr and Ms Greenwash who spin her their all too believable lies and Corporate Greed who mocks her sensible questions about the incinerator.

We follow Gaia as she gradually learns what causes climate change, how it is affecting poor communities all over the world and what she can do about it.

"Gaia" is the name that the ecological scientist James Lovelock used to describe the Earth's living systems and the complex interactions and feedback systems with its climate, which working together produce the Goldilocks effect, without which our life here would be impossible. But you don't need to know that to enjoy the play and understand what it's getting at.

The play's title and especially the longer form that's used as Enfield's Big Green Climate Festival's overall motto sums up the situation facing us all: If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Then Who? The steps needed to stave off climate collapse have to be taken immediately. And the generations that need to make those changes are all alive now. If we don't, then it will be too late.

Enfield's Big Green Climate Festival will be a celebration of our capacity to act. The many local organisations that make up the Enfield Climate Action Forum are together running more than 80 events during the Festival. Watch this space for more information.

Performance schedule

Saturday 11th September 6pm - 7pm
Crouch End Festival, Stationers Park, N8

Sunday 19th September 3pm - 4pm
Tottenhall Recreation Ground N13 6LH
(Norfolk Avenue entrance - bring blankets, chairs, picnic and umbrellas)

Saturday 25th September 1pm - 2pm (part of the Big Green Fair)
Christchurch United Reformed Church, Chase Side EN2 6NJ

Sunday 26th September 5pm - 6pm
Pymmes Park Visitors Centre N18 1HR
followed by
Festival Finale 6pm to 7.30pm - drinks and snacks

For further info and possible additional dates contact 07984 190283.

great big green climate festival sept 2021

Joining together to call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.

The Great Big Green Week will be largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.

Nationwide, the Great Big Green Week is being coordinated by the Climate Coalition. Locally, we will be holding Enfield's Great Big Green Climate Festival, coordinated by the Enfield Climate Action Forum (EnCAF). EnCAF harnesses the expertise and energy of more than 80 different groups from around the borough. There will be walks, talks, an apple day, a food festival, a chance to try a bicycle or tricycle, a guided bike ride touring Enfield's wetlands, online events and an all-day fair - bringing concerned people together and celebrating our potential for joint action.

Upcoming Big Green Climate Festival events

The list below shows only a selection of Climate Festival events. Click on the links below to see a complete list for each day. For details of each event see the full Festival Calendar.


North London Organic Gardeners: Gardening in a Changing Climate

Wednesday 6 October
Carey Hall, Winchmore Hill Baptist Church, Compton Road, N21 3PA

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