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Theatres Trust Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable

Along with the LTG Chairman Jo Matthews, four LTG Members were represented at this year’s Theatres Trust Conference: Abbey Theatre St Albans, Corn Exchange Wallingford, The Questors Theatre and new LTG Member (see post below) Romiley Little Theatre.

The conference focused on the Theatre Green Book which the Theatres Trust and ABTT have jointly created.

Theatre Green Book

They describe the Green Book as “an initiative by the whole of theatre – working with sustainability experts Buro Happold – to work more sustainably. In three volumes it sets standards for making productions sustainably, for making theatre buildings sustainable, and for improving operations like catering and front of house. 

If theatre is to be part of the most vital conversation humanity faces, then it has to change its practice. The Theatre Green Book sets out the path to a sustainable future.”

Two volumes have been published – Volume 1, Sustainable Productions; and Volume 2, Sustainable Buildings. Volume 3, Sustainable Operations is coming soon.

The presentations given at the conference are available on the Theatres Trust website HERE. Of particular interest is the presentation given by Peter Wright from the newest LTG Member Romiley Little Theatre. Peter’s presentation is HERE and tells the story of the transformation of a run down building to thriving theatre. The November 2021 edition of the LTG Newsletter will also carry information about the Conference.

Anne Gilmour