This discussion paper examines transitional pathways to sustainable theatre production in the UK. By presenting and evaluating the application of circular economy principles within a variety of theatre-making contexts, it provides evidence related to the time, cost, training, support, professional development and resources required to decarbonise theatre production, reduce waste, and eliminate environmentally harmful industry practices.
The report includes detailed case studies of three productions:
The report concludes by identifying the key issues, challenges and opportunities associated with low carbon/low waste theatre production, and offers observations and recommendations to enable the sector to reduce its environmental impacts and contribute to the meeting of net-zero emission targets.
This research was co-commissioned with Arts Council England.
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