“At the moment, we’re a candle in the sun, but there are also candles in the darkness” - Fehinti Balogun, actor, theatre maker and activist.
Nadira Tudor speaks to Actors and Changemakers, Will Attenborough, Danusia Samal and Fehinti Balogun who share their compelling childhood memories, personal sense of purpose and a very real and visceral despair of climate anxiety.
The trio discuss the positive and pragmatic actions they are taking to reshape the world - including a new green rider and a pan-industry Green New Deal.
Fehinti Balogun, actor, theatre maker and activist
Fehinti Balogun is an actor, Creator, and activist. He has worked in theatre, film and television, with recent performances in BBC’s award-winning drama I May Destroy You, ITV’s Viewpoint , Denis Villeneuve’s Dune the BBCs critically acclaimed informer and Netflix’s recent hit The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself. Fehinti is currently in the midst of filming a significant part in a showtime and paramount series. Fehinti has been involved in an array of west end theatre performances such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Blue Door and Walden alongside Gemma Atterton and Lydia Wilson. Along side his acting career, Fehinti delivers talks on climate change aimed at creating more rounded inclusion in the conversation.
As a speaker Fehinti has spoken at the UN COP 26 climate summit, the Scottish Parliament, Cambridge University, the English National Opera,YouTube’s Creator Summit, The Greater London Authority, NBC Universal and TED countdown.
Danusia Samal, Actor
Danusia Samal is an actor, writer & jazz singer from London who grew up in partly in the Middle East. In 2018 she won the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award for ‘Out of Sorts’, a family drama exploring identity and race for second generation migrants. Out of Sorts was staged at Theatre503 October 2019 and was later shortlisted for the George Devine Award. Danusia also created and performed ‘Busking It’, a musical play inspired by her 10 years as a London Underground busker which toured to critical acclaim. In 2020, Danusia launched the ‘Virtual Collaborators’ network to provide support and collaboration for artists in lockdown, culminating in a virtual and outdoor festival. Currently, she campaigns closely with Equity for a Green New Deal on their Sustainable Screen campaign - pushing for 10 industry-wide Climate Commitments and a Green Rider for talent.
Will Attenborough, Actor
Will Attenborough is an actor and climate campaigner. Born in London, his career began with a leading role in Another Country on the West End. He’s since starred opposite Nicole Kidman on stage in Photograph 51, and featured in major motion pictures such as The Outpost, Denial with Rachel Weisz and the Oscar-winning Dunkirk. He’s also known for his regular roles on ITV’s Home Fires, and BBC One’s Our Girl. Will won the London GrandSlam of international storytelling competition The Moth in 2018, and has been a regular host ever since.
As a campaigner, Will first worked with Fossil Free UK and secured Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s commitment to divest City Hall’s £5bn pension fund of fossil fuel stocks. As Chair of Equity for a Green New Deal, he’s led the union’s pension investments out of fossil fuels and into climate solutions, while convening broadcasters and decisionmakers in the screen industry to decarbonise the sector. He currently works with Coal Action Network to challenge the insurance industry over its involvement with fossil fuel expansion.