Charlie wakes with a start. He’s alone in a place he knows, but doesn’t recognise. In the sun-scorched landscape he calls out for help. A voice answers:

You’re in a lucid dream, in your back garden, in the future.
You get out of it by waking up.
And I’m the planet.

An executive at an industrial agriculture company, Charlie has convinced himself he’s helping to feed the world. Only in this dreams does he allow doubt to seep in. In this make-or-break conversation with Earth, Charlie unpicks the choices he makes as a man, a father and a husband. Against the odds, he finds hope for the future.

It’s not me… is a searing work is full of striking imagery and emotionally powerful performances. In theatre company VOXED’s signature style, new writing combines with virtuosic movement and design to create powerful storytelling.

It’s not me… is created for VOXED by Director and Choreographer Wayne Parsons and Writer Ankur Bahl, and is Dance City’s inaugural Gillian Dickinson Trust Commission.

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Creative Vision

Like a lot of our collaborators, participants and audiences, we felt overwhelmed by the climate crisis. We felt like we didn’t have enough information. We felt we were facing a collective imminent global crisis with inadequate tools, as individuals, to avoid it .

We had questions like: Are we doing enough? Are the changes we can make going to make any difference?

It’s not me… is how we chose, as artists, to combat our feeling of helplessness. To investigate, learn, respond and share. To encourage ourselves and our collaborators, participants and audiences to move the conversation past inertia and toward hope.

The resulting work, we hope, provides a sense of optimism, an emboldenment to advocate for change, however big or small. It encourages each of us to take action, not by dictating, or advising, or preaching the action to take, but by sharing, reflecting and imagining.

Using text to humanise the conversation between the human race and the planet, and movement to create multiple layers of meaning, emotion and imagery It’s not me employs all our tools as interdisciplinary artists to do what we do best—make engaging, moving works that encourage conversation and action.

“an impressive whirlwind of intensity.”

“powerful and expressive”



Choreographer and Director – Wayne Parsons
Writer – Ankur Bahl
Dramaturg – Pooja Ghai
Designer – Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Lighting Designer – Guy Hoare
Composer and Sound Designer – Max Pappenhiem
Artistic Advisors – Jane Castree and Alison Chadwick


Alethia Antonia
Vanessa Guevara Flores
Juliana Lisk
Katie Lusby
Michael Marcus

R&D Performers

Kate Duchene
Katie Lusby

Michael Marcus
Clemmie Sveaas
Caldonia Walton


Producers – Lise Smith and Wayne Parsons
Production Manager – David Sherman

Production Administrator – Georgia Shire
Environment Officer – Marla King

It’s not me… was commissioned by Dance City, Newcastle and supported by the Gillian Dickinson Trust and Arts Council England. 

Interested in a free CPD opportunity? Thinking about your work and it’s environmental impact? 

If you were unable to attend our talks with Environment Officer, Marla King, don’t worry. We are sharing many of her resources for free so that VOXED can support you in achieving your eco-friendly aims.

If yourself or your organisation are interested in Carbon Literacy training or improving your environmental impact, these free resources are a great place to start.

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It’s not me… environmental report

During the recent creation and production of a new climate fiction work by VOXED, the company has been taking steps to better understand the environmental impacts of the working processes.

We worked with Marla King to collate data to submit via Julie’s Bicycle’s creative green tools to estimate the carbon footprint of our production of ‘It’s Not Me…’. Some additional steps were taken to understand more broadly the ecological impacts of the project, but recognise there is much more to do in collating this more holistic and qualitative information.

Part of this project also involved facilitating educational workshops on the climate crisis causes and impacts, as well as the role of artists in climate action, for freelance artists in the Newcastle area, and working with students at Dance City exploring the themes of the work.

This report will summarise some of the findings and learnings over this project, as well as outline suggestions for future actions to implement in order to embed more climate action within company processes.


You can find the report by clicking the button below.

Image credits: Luke Waddington