Climate Connections/ Walkabout Refugee Puppets

This is an ongoing project by Glass Half Full Theatre to create walkabout performances featuring climate refugee stories. Representing people from all over the globe, these puppet characters interact with people on the street and at festivals to create instant, private theatrical moments to broaden participants’ understanding of the human impacts of climate change.

Our inaugural performance, Brócoli, features a Guatemalan refugee to the United States. She carries with her everything she has brought on her journey from Guatemala, and reveals her story through non-verbal interactions with audience in the street.  The broccoli industry of her hometown has been devastated by rapidly changing climate, and she is seeking to rejoin her son who immigrated to Texas a few years ago.

Story by Caroline Reck and Khristián Mendez-Aguirre. Puppet built by Caroline Reck and Connor Hopkins. Photo by Uli Garcia. From a “performance” at The Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas, 2019.