End of Species

ASCUS, in association with Artiscience at Summerhall, brings theatre monologuist, critic and director Richard Pettifer (AUS) to Summerhall for a final week of the Edinburgh Festival with End of Species.

Nominated for a Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, End of Species is about climate change, an attempt to travel without flying from Australia to Germany and Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle.


by Richard Pettifer

Developed with support of The Yard Theatre, London.

August 18th-25th, 8pm (70 mins, forum 30 mins)

Meeting place: War Memorial Library, Ground Floor Summerhall, (next to main entrance)

Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh

End of Species



LOCATION: This event will occur in a secret location in Summerhall, is without printed publicity and is free of charge. It will be followed by some informal ‘fireside chats’ with climate scientists, where they will have the chance to discuss with Richard what they have been working on, as well as their position on the future.

Contact: 07438 581 671 (no bookings required) or general@ascus.org.uk

1831 – Charles Darwin goes to Australia on the HMS Beagle to document a world of flora, fauna and primitives. After a four-year journey, he writes On the Origin of Species, shooting humans to the top of the food chain and setting mankind on course to govern nature. 182 years later, faced with a gun-to-the-head climate scenario and unable to justify the 4 tonnes of carbon emissions of a long-haul flight, monologist and theatre director Richard Pettifer (AUS) did the journey over land. He performed in Sydney, Indonesia, India, Iran, and Romania. He was bashed, had his stuff stolen, and slept rough in an Iranian train station. There was no humanity or love. Only military, competition and fear – and no-one seemed to know about global warming.

End of Species is a story of dying optimism in the 21st century.


What is most impressive is his flair for creating and sustaining an image through his use of words

– Ignite Festival Exeter