Radical Mother


Radical Mother is a participatory music project that combines contemporary multi-vocal singing, improvisation, electronic sound, poetic and verbatim text.

This ongoing conversation project began in 2018, and combines climate research, environmental philosophy, singing and sound, together with input from its audience, to build an evolving manifesto in response to the crisis in our natural world.

At the heart of the project is the concept of kinship and parenthood. Can we extend our understanding of those human experiences beyond immediate family, species and gender norms, and build a more just future society for each other and our biosphere?



The ideas for the project are founded on Melanie’s ongoing explorations in ecology, feminism and the future, drawing on contemporary theories of compassion and community from education (Jem Bendell), political theory (William Ophuls), eco-feminism (Donna Harraway), ecology (Dark Mountain) and climate  research. Melanie collaborated with environmental psychologist Dr. Stuart Capstick (Cardiff University) on the project, who studies human behaviour in relation to climate change.





images: Alexander Brattell & Philippa Neels
The project appeared at Pulse Festival and Coastal Currents Festival in 2018, and Latitude Festival and TEDx Bristol in 2019.

Company: Adey Grummet, Jeremy Avis, Peyee Chen, Kate Hugget and Melanie Pappenheim.

For more information contact Philippa Neels at Fuel: philippa@fueltheatre.com



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