Greening Theatre
  • Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED

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Join us at Bristol Old Vic to explore how theatre can reduce its environmental impact in response to climate crisis.

This is an event for anybody involved in the making and presentation of theatre in South West England and Wales (or beyond) – from designers and directors to production and venue managers.

We will be launching the Theatre Green Book in the South West, and hearing from the team of sustainability and theatre specialists behind it. We will discuss how the theatre sector collaborated to create this important new resource and how can it help us all work more sustainably.

Questions that will be addressed through an afternoon of presentations, networking and in-depth discussions include:

  • How can the Theatre Green Book help green our theatre-making practices, performances and venues?
  • How do we source, reuse, recycle and dispose of the materials we work with?
  • How do we make theatre buildings sustainable? How do we tackle challenges such as travel and touring?
  • How can we reduce our need to build and buy while still making sure we meet audience needs and support a dynamic and fast-moving art-form?
  • How can we work together regionally, nationally and internationally so that theatre is a beacon of best practice in its response to the climate emergency?

The event will also include a problem-solving “Green Theatre Question Time” session in which attendees share their current challenges so that solutions and suggestions can be crowdsourced from sustainable theatre experts and other participants.

This is an in person only, non-socially distanced, event. Participants will be asked to wear facemasks.

Provisional programme

12:45 | Arrival and registration

13:00 - 13:45 | Welcome and introduction to the Theatre Green Book: Paddy Dillon (Interim Chair of Theatres Trust and Co-ordinator of the Theatre Green Book), Roberta Mock (Professor of Performance Studies, University of Plymouth) and Andrew Wylie (Partner, Buro Happold)

13:45 - 14:30 | Sustainable Production Processes and Materials Panel: Kate John (Head of Production Workshops, National Theatre), Ruth Stringer (Set and Costume Designer, Ecostage) and Darren Joyce (Managing Director, Cardiff Theatrical Services)

14:.30 - 15:15 | Sustainable Buildings, Operations and Touring Panel: Claire Appleby (Architecture Advisor, Theatres Trust), Alison Woods (Executive Director, NoFit State) and Feimatta Conteh (Environmental Sustainability Manager, Manchester International Festival)

15:15 - 15.45 | Tea and networking

15:45 - 16:30 | Green Theatre Question Time: chaired by David Evans (Head of Production, National Theatre Wales)

16:30 - 17:00 | Wrapping up and looking forward: Roberta Mock, Paddy Dillon and Louise Miles-Payne (Director, Creu Cymru)

The event is free to attend but booking is essential (on a first-come-first-served basis). Please register your place at

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for freelance practitioners and small-scale theatre companies located in Devon and Cornwall who register by midnight on 25 November.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Siobhan Bauer (

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This event is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, “Sustainable Materials in the Creative Industries”, and is presented in partnership with the Theatre Green Book, Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth, Creu Cymru and Bristol Old Vic.

Led by theatre architect Paddy Dillon, working with sustainability experts Buro Happold, the Theatre Green Book is a partnership of all the UK’s leading organisations for performance and sustainability, including the Theatres Trust, ABTT, UK Theatre, Federation of Scottish Theatres, and Julie’s Bicycle.


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