Elspeth Tilley

Elspeth teaches theatre and creative activism at Massey University Wellington. She writes short plays (Waiting for Go and Bunnies and Wolves were winning plays in the British Theatre Challenge 2017 and 2018. Flotsam and The Penguins were performed internationally in Climate Change Theatre Action 2015 and 2017) and is the producer of Climate Change Theatre Action Aotearoa and Create1World, the creative activism conference for young people.


Bunnies and Wolves

A biting satire on the health service and online marketing ploys.

Produced by Sky Blue Theatre Company, London, 2018.

One of the five winners of The British Theatre Challenge 2018.


Fabio the Great

A play about animal rights

Produced at the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts 10-Minute Play Competition, Colorado, 2018



Based on the real-life case about a man from Kiribati – Ioane Teitoita –who was denied status as a climate change refugee and sent home. Climate Change Theatre Action, 2015


The Penguins

Performed in 14 locations worldwide from Paris to Shanghai and the United States, as well as at Massey’s Wellington campus on October 23, 2017. It is one of nine short plays on climate change featured at this year’s Still Waving: Climate Change Theatre Action event – part of a six-week global movement to highlight climate change issues through performance.


Waiting for Go

10-minute play (Cast:2)

The British Theatre Challenge, Stockwell Playhouse, London, October 20-21, 2017.

 Placed second at Pint Sized Plays, Remarkable Theatre, Queenstown & Wanaka, 21-24