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The Environmentalists

GATHER IS DELIGHTED TO SHOWCASE A SERIES OF CASE STUDIES FROM THE LIVERPOOL KNOWLEDGE QUARTER SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE INNOVATIVE AND EXCITING INITIATIVES BEING TAKEN FORWARD BY THE NETWORK.

Award-winning Young Everyman and Playhouse (YEP) has established itself as one of the leading youth arts programmes in the country. Its recent play, The Environmentalists, used connections made through the KQSN to provide expert support to the YEP members involved. This included:

  • Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority provided support to the artistic team and goody bags for audience members
  • University of Liverpool provided the expert assistance of one of their sustainability consultants, to work with the members to calculate carbon footprints and to identify ways to make changes to reduce carbon
  • Liverpool John Moores University provided further assistance regarding carbon offsetting
  • Merseytravel provided advice regarding public transport links to the theatre and how to advertise this on the Everyman & Playhouse website

The Environmentalists was created to provide the audience with an entertaining evening while highlighting the key environmental issues affecting our world at the minute. Not only did the play inform the audience about environmental impacts they are having in a fun and ‘non-preachy’ way but it was also the UK’s first ever carbon neutral show!

Alternative methods of travel to the show were laid on by the theatre, such as ‘walking buses’ in order to stay true to the carbon neutral concept. These walking buses came from four different communities in Liverpool in to the theatre each evening of the show. Everyman & Playhouse also worked with Citybike to encourage audience members to cycle to the theatre by offering them one journey for £1. The St Michael’s Green Party have taken on the walking buses idea and plan to implement these with school children.

The play was very successful, with each audience member leaving with a seed they could grow in order to remind them of their impacts on the environment. We also had the largest number of audience members ever for one of our Young Everyman Playhouse shows.

Staff members at E&P pledged to change one habit for the week of the show in order to save carbon which was very successful, as several staff members have continued to carry out their pledges. Staff and YEP members managed to offset carbon used in the set build and trees were planted to offset the rest of the carbon used within the production.

For more information contact Michelle Grant, Assistant Producer, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse – info@everymanplayhouse.com

For more information on the Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network go to http://www.kqliverpool.co.uk/

Written by Gather

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