Lockdown: Green Up is a digital environmental theatre week (29 June – 4 July) created to share the work of climate theatre-makers and artists, for those wanting to integrate eco-practices into their work. The week aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion over how artists, venues and producers can green up, engage with climate injustice and reimagine a more sustainable industry.
The week will be facilitated by multi award-winning Pigfoot Theatre, the first explicitly carbon-neutral theatre company in the UK. Pigfoot create theatre which practices what it preaches and protests from within an industry which, in London alone, has a carbon footprint of 50,000 tonnes a year (equivalent to driving a car 1.5 million times round the M25!).
Conversations and Q+As will be streamed live on Facebook, and most sessions will remain online to create a database of accessible climate theatre resources. All sessions will be available captioned within one week of streaming. However, streaming is not entirely carbon neutral; to minimise the week’s impact, Pigfoot will be offsetting the carbon cost of people streaming the sessions, and the electric energy used preparing the week.
All workshops will be free; however, if participants are able, they’re encouraged to donate a £5 “ticket” (or whatever is appropriate) to one of the following funds supporting artists:
- The Artists Fund Artists, who are redistributing all funds raised before 1 August 2020 to Black artists in the UK.
- The Terrible Rage fund, covering essential costs for artists ineligible for the Self Employed scheme and unsuccessful in their ACE Emergency Funding application.
Pigfoot will be running the following workshops:
Start with the Land
Monday 29 June 16:00-16:45
How is theatre adapting in a time of climate crisis?
Monday 29 June 17:30-18:15
Signalling Through The Waves
Monday 29 June 18:30-19:30
Rethinking Design, and Embracing Eco-Scenography
Tuesday 30 June 10:30-11:15
Making the Digital LIVE
Tuesday 30 June 17:30-18:15
Joe Ball, Artistic Director of Exit Productions and theatre-maker/political-activist Zack Polanski discuss digitalising their interactive environmental show, Eco Chambers (previously at Battersea Arts Centre).
Thinking Bigly: How to make an anti-TED talk
Wednesday 1 July 16:30-17:15
Lighting a Greener Path
Wednesday 1 July 17:30-18:00
Olivier Award-winning lighting designer, Paule Constable (associate of National Theatre, New Adventures + Lyric Hammersmith), discusses incorporating environmental sustainability into her practice for a brighter future.
Making Green Productions
Wednesday 1 July 18:30-19:15
We discuss how Julie’s Bicycle are paving the way to creating green productions, and top tips on how to make your show sustainable shows with Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Programme Lead, Graciela Melitsko Thornton.
Running on Your Own Energy
Thursday 2 July 11:00-11:30
Award-winning choreographer, Prue Lang, on powering theatre with renewable energy generated live during performance & how to create Green Guidelines for your practice.
Integrating Science & Eco-Philosophy into Theatre
Thursday 2 July 14:00-14:45
We discuss the research process for climate play Dweepa with playwright Abhishek Majumdar (Pah-La: Royal Court): science, philosophy, and the lived experience of Bengali communities.
Telling Climate Stories Through Dance
Wednesday 1 July 09:00-09:45
Peddling Sustainable Practices with the HandleBards
Friday 3 July 17:30-18:30
An interactive workshop led by cycling Shakespeare company, and Edinburgh Sustainable Practice Award-winners, The Handlebards: how to implement sustainable practices into your company.
Towards Climate Justice
Saturday 4 July 16:00-17:00
Making Saving the Planet Sexy
Saturday 4 July 18:30-19:15
“Why can’t you enjoy a good sex story whilst still wanting to save the planet?” Award-winning comedian and climate activist Steve Hili on writing and performing climate comedy.