How To Save a Rock

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4any gender (adult)

Pigfoot Theatre, Conky Kampfner, Alex Rugman

Winner of the NSDF Samuel French New Play Award 2019. How To Save A Rock is a climate-change comedy about how to still have hope.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4any gender (adult)
  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Adventure, Experimental
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • WINNER of the 2019 NSDF Samuel French New Play Award
    WINNER of the 2019 Sunday Times Playwriting Award
    WINNER of the 2019 Samuel French New Play Award
    WINNER of the 2019 Camden People's Theatre Award
    WINNER of the 2019 Sustainable Fringe Award
    WINNER of the 2020 Staging Change Award for Vault Festival



Frankie’s found a letter from the last ever polar bear. He’s somehow ended up in Scotland. She’s going to save him. Join us on a wild polar bear chase, through peat bogs and protests. We might just need your help…

How To Save A Rock is a multi-award-winning musical comedy about how to still have hope. For kids and adults alike.

This show is entirely carbon-neutral. The lighting is powered by solar-power and a bike, cycled live on stage, all production materials are recycled and recyclable, and all sound is created live.


How to Save A Rock was first performed at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe from 10-23 August 2019.

Cast Attributes

FRANKIE – Once passionate about fighting the climate crisis, she has now lost hope in the face of change happening too-little, too-late.

JACK – Frankie’s oldest friend, who loves her more than pretty much anything. He’s a glass half-full type, who often puts his foot in it.

KATIE – Frankie’s closest friend over the past few years. Practical, and no-nonsense.

PHIL, TIM, and KEITH are scientists whose research was hacked and maliciously spread as part of the climate denialist campaign Climate Gate, in 2009. They’re intelligent, and eager to educate others.

Other characters who pop up along the way can be played by anyone.

The characters can be any gender.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)


“... by telling such an inventive story with a strong emotional core, it becomes not just a passionate message about climate change but a touching reminder of the power of humans in adversity through friendship, kindness and love.” – Theatre Weekly

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


Available Formats:



Pigfoot Theatre


Conky Kampfner


Alex Rugman

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