Plays: Environmental Theatre

We like to practice what we preach so all our shows are as environmentally sound as possible. This is from every element of the production, from transport to the making of costumes, set and props. Our plays are compact and can be transported using as little energy as possible. Here are a few ways that we have made our productions a green as possible.

  • Save Your Last Rolo-way packs down into one plastic storage crate (and a lampshade!) so it can be transported in one car with all the cast and Joy or another helper.
  • Teshta the Monkey, the Moroccan version of Muna the Monkey was designed to be flown over to Morocco so the book set i made completely of fabric and folds down to fit within the shell of Ahmed, with the other costumes packed round the side
  • For Save Your Last Rolo-way the tree is made of STIXX made from recycled newspaper held together with re-usable cable ties, on top of this is a canopy made of a lampshade that was found in a skip. Scraps of fabric that Joy has collected from visiting shows and scraps from Fabric Land or other sewing projects were made into rings of leaves that sit on top of the canopy
  • When we use lighting we try to use LED fixtures as much as possible since these draw the least energy for lighting, we hope one day to run some pedal-powered shows where audiences will pedal for a few pounds off their ticket price!
  • The British shell for Ahmed is made out of recycled wine boxes while the Moroccan version is woven out of willow, a traditional and abudant building resource
  • For Muna the Monkey the book set is made of a recycled wood frame, within this the pages are held on frames made of bamboo (the most renewable resource on the planet!) the frames are held together with plumbing pipe connectors that are made of the more environmentally-friendly ABS plastic rather than PVC
  • When buying fabrics, we try to use ones that are relevant to the area of the play that have been made in the UK and thus haven't been shipped too far to reach us, we also favour natural fabrics over synthetics where possible
  • When feeding and housing our volunteers and actors we try to adhere to best practices in terms of ethical food and energy consumption

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