A production company working towards a sustainable practice
3 hearts canvas
We are dedicated to exploring and discussing ways in which art, especially theatre, can be produced sustainably with a minimal carbon and ecological footprint. Have a look at what 3 hearts canvas, and the London theatre community are doing to make theatre green.
What is sustainable theatre?
Theatre is a huge part of culture in the UK, it is a driving force in the tourism industry - and it attracts locals. Economically, theatre is worth £101.5bn and is growing at nearly twice the rate of the UK economy, and generating ticket sales worth upwards of £1.3bn every year. On the environmental side of things, London's theatre industry emits 50,000 tons of carbon each year. We are fortunate to have a Green Theatre initiative that contains guidelines on how to produce sustainable theatre with less of an ecological footprint to improve the health of the city and its population.
There is a growing interest in creating sustainable theatre. The Arcola Theatre is a leading example, pledging to be the UK's first carbon neutral theatre, installing solar panels and DC microgrids as part of their efforts to achieve this goal.
Reducing the carbon carbon emissions of theatre will help improve the health of the local community and area. We believe that the quality and integrity of the work and creative vision need not be compromised in producing green theatre. We hope that creating sustainable art will only invigorate the creative experience further. An overlap of sustainability and theatre may bring new audience members and participants into theatre spaces that may have not previously been of interest.
Goals Moving Forward
We will be creating work in consultation with the Theatres Trust who offer phenomenal advice on energy-saving initiatives.
Designing and creating sets and costume using recycled, salvaged and sustainably-sourced materials wherever possible.
Limiting the number of printed paper copies and switching to digital alternatives where possible.
Using more intuitive heating and cooling in rehearsal and performance spaces.
Minimising multiple deliveries and use cycle couriers.
Offering audience members ticket deals when travelling on public transport.
Encouraging actors and creative team to use public transport.
Consuming locally-sourced refreshments.
We are constantly reviewing and refining these practices.
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions please get in touch via our contact us page.