They met last night at 7.30pm. They perform tonight (March 16) at the very same time. And they might just save the whole damn world – or at least stage a play that’s worth the £12 admission. To celebrate Climate Week, the Arcola Theatre is staging a ‘Play in a Day’, which pairs groups of plucky young actors representing five drama schools – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Bristol Old Vic, Central School of Speech and Drama, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama – with professional playwrights and directors, including Cathal Cleary (‘Disco Pigs’), Lu Kemp (‘That’s All There Is’) and Sarah Solemani (‘Him and Her’). Their task is both simple and impossible: stage an original 15-minute play of any genre, that contains a solution to climate change within the allotted 24 hours. The event is being staged in the Arcola Tent, an eco-friendly pop-up venue located steps from the theatre’s Dalston bricks and mortar location. Nick Aveling
For info, see arcolatheatre.com.