The Wider Earth
The Wider Earth c. Mark Douet

Tonight, the award-winning Darwin drama The Wider Earth officially opens in the first performance theatre ever to be built at the Natural History Museum. To mark the occasion, the Australian High Commissioner will announce the official charitable partner of the show, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

The QCC is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives that marks Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth and conserves indigenous forests across the globe. Through their voluntary commitment to this pan-Commonwealth initiative, the nations of the Commonwealth are acting together to address climate change and protect habitats and biodiversity for the future.

This fantastic initiative is a fitting partner for The Wider Earth which is the coming-of-age story about the rebellious young Darwin who, inspired by a love of the natural world, set out on the adventure of a lifetime on HMS Beagle to the far side of the world. From tiny Galápagos finches, to giant tortoises and a fossilised glyptodon, this beautifully intricate production uses remarkable puppetry to introduce the audience to the tropical wildlife Darwin encountered. The Wider Earth has found its perfect home at the Natural History Museum as both marvel at the world that surround us and seek to capture the curiosity of all who come through the doors.

QCC partner Cool Earth is an award-winning UK-based charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Project Coordinator Sophie Kisnorbo comments, “The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is honoured to have been chosen as The Wider Earth’s official charitable partner. It is a real privilege to work with The Wider Earth to continue Darwin’s legacy.”

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