Burp is about a young scientist trying to save the planet – and the UK’s cattle farming industry – from inside a sealed tent with a burping cow. It’s about feeding your cow seaweed instead of grass to prove that cows can be part of a green future (as long as they stop burping). It’s got lots of science in. But it’s mainly about trying to save the things you love, and not entirely knowing how.
Skot Wilson is a writer and science communicator based in Devon, Dorset and sometimes at the Natural History Museum in London. He is a playwright attached to Bristol Old Vic and is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Literary Prize for writing about nature and discovery.
His recent work includes Kingdom (or, the Anthropocene) in Bristol Old Vic’s Plays in Rep season; and Kraken, VAULT Festival 2020.
His work interrogates our role in the climate crisis, exploring the efforts going on right now to fight planetary collapse, which will – hopefully – make everything better. Even cow burps.