Lockdown: Green Up!

Introducing Lockdown: Green Up! ☝️

A digital environmental theatre week, sharing the work of climate theatre-makers & artists, for those wanting to integrate eco-practices into their work 🌍 With livestreamed conversations & Q+As!

We hope this will contribute to the ongoing discussion over how artists, venues and producers can green up, engage with climate injustice & reimagine a more sustainable industry.

Conversations and Q+As will be streamed live on Facebook and most sessions will remain online afterwards to create a database of accessible climate theatre resources. We’ll also be sharing artists making climate work each day on social media.

🔎 Streaming is not entirely carbon neutral! To minimise our impact, we will be offsetting the carbon cost of people streaming our workshops, and the electric energy we’ve used preparing the week, with the advice of our friends Climate Stewards.

All sessions will be available captioned within one week of streaming.

All sessions are free of charge. However, if you’re able, we ask participants to donate the price of a £5 “ticket” (or whatever is appropriate!) to a fund, such as these supporting artists:

👉 ARTISTS FUND ARTISTS who are redistributing all funds raised before 1 August 2020 to Black artists in the UK:

👉 TERRIBLE RAGE, covering essential costs for artists ineligible for the Self Employed scheme & unsuccessful in their ACE Emergency Funding application:

(Times BST, unless stated)


‪Start with the Land 🍃

A conversation with playwright David Geary and site-specific theatre-creator Kendra Fanconi, on the relationship between art and nature, and making work with the land at its heart.

‪📅 Mon 29 June 4pm‬ (8am PT)


‪How is theatre adapting in a time of climate crisis? 💚‬
A conversation with Lyn Gardner, and theatre-makers & Staging Change co-directors Alice Boyd & Josie Dale-Jones, about how emerging theatre makers are adapting for greener future 👊‬

‪📆 Mon 29 June 5:30pm‬


‪Signalling Through The Waves 🌊‬

‪Creating a durational performance with the sea & approaching work through a ‘climate lens’, with pioneering eco-critic Una Chaudhuri, and artist & director Sarah Cameron Sunde 🌳‬

‪📆 Mon 29 June 6:30pm‬ (13:30 EST)


‪Rethinking Design, and Embracing Eco-Scenography ♻️ ‬

‪What is Eco-Scenography? Pioneering eco-designers Tanja Beer (The Living Stage) + Andrea Carr on rethinking design practices & reinterpreting materials to integrate ecological principles. ‬

‪📆 Tues 30 June 10:30am‬ (19:30 ACT)


‪Making the Digital LIVE 💻 ‬

‪Joe Ball, Artistic Director of Exit Productions and theatre-maker/political-activist Zack Polanski discuss digitalising their interactive environmental show, Eco Chambers.

‪📆 Tues 30 June 5:30pm


Thinking Bigly: How to make an anti-TED talk

We talk to Ben Yeoh and David Finnigan about making their theatre-performance talk ‘Thinking Bigly: A Guide To Saving the World’ and finding hope in the midst of the climate crisis.

‪📆 Wed 1 July (Time TBC)


Lighting a Greener Path 💡 ‬

‪Olivier Award-winning lighting designer, Paule Constable (associate of National Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), discusses incorporating environmental sustainability into her practice for a brighter future.‬

‪📆 Wed 1 July 5:30pm‬


‪Making Green Productions 💚‬

‪We discuss how Julie’s Bicycle are paving the way to green productions, and top tips on how to make your show sustainable with Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Programme Lead, Graciela Melitsko Thornton 🦎‬

‪📆 Wed 1 July 6:30pm‬


‪Running on Your Own Energy 🚲 ‬

Award-winning choreographer, Prue Lang, on powering theatre with renewable energy generated live during performance & how to create Green Guidelines for your practice 💃‬

‪📆 Thurs 2 July 11am‬


‪Integrating Science & Eco-Philosophy into Theatre ✍️ ‬

We discuss the research process for climate play Dweepa with playwright Abhishek Majumdar (Pah-La The Royal Court Theatre): science, philosophy, and the lived experience of Bengali communities.

‪📆 Thurs 2 July 2pm‬ (18:30 IST)


Telling Climate Stories Through Dance 💃

We talk to international award-winning dance company VOU Fiji about “Are We Stronger Than Winston?”, and investigating the human costs of climate change on Pacific communities through dance.

‪📆 Fri 3 July 9am (20:00 FST)


‪Peddling sustainable practices with The HandleBards 🚲 ‬

An interactive workshop led by the HandleBards, cycling Shakespeare company & Edinburgh Sustainable Practice Award-winners, on how to implement sustainable practices into your company. (Details on signing up to follow!)

‪📆 Fri 3 July 5:30pm‬


Towards Climate Justice 💪

A knowledge sharing with Groundwater Arts on re-evaluating your practise with a climate justice lens and their Green New Theatre proposal, applying the #GreenNewDeal to the theatre industry.

‪📆 Sat 4 July 4pm‬ (11:00 EST) TBC


Making Saving the Planet Sexy 🎉 ‬

‪“Why can’t you enjoy a good sex story whilst wanting to save the planet?”‬ Award-winning comedian and climate activist, Steve Hili (Steve Hili – Comedy), on writing and performing climate comedy 🤪‬

‪📆 Sat 4 July 6:30pm‬