Sara Keating: Artists give us a serious laugh as the world burns

Two novelists and a theatre company use tragicomedy to great effect when addressing the issue of climate crisis

Maeve O'Mahony (left) and Bláithín Mac Gabhann in Malaprop Theatre’s Hothouse. Picture: Ros Kavanagh

The world is burning. What’s a human being going to do about it, but laugh? Not because it’s funny, of course, but because we have the ability to face inevitability with a complex set of emotions. It is, after all, what distinguishes us from animals lower down the chain of evolution.

In Malaprop Theatre’s Hothouse, which had a recent sell-out run at the Dublin Fringe Festival, entertainers aboard a cruise ship prepared guests for the ...