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Photography by James Ireland   


My Lover Was a Salmon in the Climate Apocalypse

London Irish Centre, July 2022

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Winner of the STAGING CHANGE x VAULT award for environmentally-conscious development

★★★★ - Everything Theatre

★★★★ - Fringebiscuit

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Photography by Rory Gradon and Kate Bauer

Winner of the Staging Change x VAULT Award

Awarded to a piece of work that demonstrates exemplary awareness and consideration of its environmental impact, and celebrates work being made in a way that is environmentally conscious and rooted in the climate crisis


About the Play

A gig theatre call to arms.

Humanity ruined the ecosystem. But humanity’s just a dodgy side branch of fish evolution. Solution’s clear. Join us, and return to being a fish.

Fin's deep empathy for nature culminates in him thinking he's a salmon, onstage, whilst the band looks on in fishy horror. But could this kickstart a climate revolution?


With live trad-influenced music and audience interaction, we use salmon to investigate global industrial food production, colonialism, ecological destruction, and our own place in this overwhelming timeline.


Creative team

Produced by James Ireland and Bradán

Directed by Kate Bauer

Written by James Ireland

Performed by Rory Gradon (Fin), Elinor Peregrin (Fiona), and Elisabeth Flett (Sam)

Music composed collaboratively by the performers and company

About Bradán

Bradán is an eco-theatre company specialising in gig theatre, and winner of the Staging Change x VAULT award in 2022 for ecologically-conscious theatremaking. Bradán was founded by Kate Bauer and James Ireland, who met in Dublin on a theatre undergrad in 2012.

We are Queer theatremakers from a generation young enough to know that capitalism and the climate catastrophe has taken our futures. We have a vision for creating art that laughs at power, and focuses on audience experience - bringing them along for the journey (often as participants). We believe the only reason left to create work is to change the world before it’s too late.

Follow our journey as we create the show!

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Twitter @bradantheatre

Teaser Trailer - edited by James Ireland

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Photography by Rory Gradon and Kate Bauer

Praise for My Lover Was a Salmon in the Climate Apocalypse

"The way this show traverses different forms and keeps you absorbed is a masterclass of gig theatre [...]

Pitch-perfect gig theatre for our time"

- Everything Theatre

"Bradán theatre company is onto something significant with their intimate, confessional style of presentation"

- The Spy in the Stalls

"Musically the three are outstanding. Peregrin's voice is sublime and Flett seems to be able to play all of the instruments ever [...] worth watching for the music alone"

- Lost in Theatreland

"Informative, energetic, divinely absurd [...] the music is sublime throughout"

- Fringebiscuit

"A ridiculously talented team of musicians take you on a warm but all too real scary story of the climate crisis. The best gig theatre I've seen - 100% recommend"

- Rosie Bowden

"A show with brilliant music and a massive heart"

- Middle Child gig theatre company

"Bradán theatre has produced my favourite show of the Fringe. So funny and clever and well-written and wonderfully surreal. I loved everything about it."

- Audience testimony

"Absolutely bloody brilliant. A wonderful mix of magic realism and (horrifyingly?) recognisable overwhelming climate anxiety. Absolutely not to be missed."

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"Some of the most exciting gig theatre we have seen in a while - hilarious and also powerful, will be thinking about that closing monologue for days"

- Audience testimony


"Bizarre and amazing stuff. Eco-political theatre at its best"

- Audience testimony 

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