When we set up Kilter back in 2007, there were very few theatre companies thinking about the environmental impact of their productions, and even fewer building SD messages into the content of their work.
Well, times they are a chagin’.
In May, Kilter attended a day of discussion, debate and shared best practice on sustainability in theatre production coordinated by Julie’s Bicycle. Covering everything from set and lighting design, set construction and disposal, materials and the production process itself, the event provided a platform for designers, production managers, technicians, directors and other professionals to unpick sustainability issues specific to the theatre sector and explore appropriate solutions.
It was amazing to see some of the biggest names in British theatre there and to witness such smart and impassioned debate.
Julie’s Bicycle is an amazing organisation. It aims to make environmental sustainability an intrinsic part of music and performing arts. Established, like Kilter, in 2007 by and for the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle is a non-profit company working with the arts and creative industries to understand and reduce their environmental impacts. They produce research papers and practical guides, run events, workshops, seminars, training sessions and networks to maximise the reach and relevance of our work. Their theatre programme brings together commercial and subsidised theatres to improve environmental sustainability and to flourish in a low carbon economy.
Here’s some cool stuff they’ve put together that you might like:
- Measure your impacts using the IG Tool carbon calculators.
- Build green riders/clauses into contracts
- join the JB Green Theatre Network and campaigns
- Do Industry Green for your office, festival, venue or rehearsal space and get the IG mark
- Be energy, food and water efficient and reduce waste
- Tell colleagues, clients and audiences what you’re doing and why
- Encourage your audiences to travel green
- Ask for environmental information from your suppliers
- Choose environmental and ethical merchandise
- Use sustainable production processes