GOING GREEN FOR PANTO
This year The Attic Theatre and Tread the Boards are going
green in more than ways than one for its annual pantomime.
As well as installing a giant beanstalk in the theatre, they are
exploring environmentally friendly ways to deliver the
The whole cast and crew are getting involved and trying to
reduce their carbon footprint with initiatives such as:
Sourcing wadding and material for the beanstalk from
www.secretprojects.org – a project which encourages
women in India to make blankets and other items to sell.
The offcuts are then recycled by companies like ours so there is minimal waste;
Sourcing materials and props from local charity shops to reduce waste while supporting local charities;
Reusable wash cloths will be used to remove make up at the end of the night instead of disposable wipes;
Plastic water bottles have been banned from the rehearsal room along with other one-use plastic containers;
Carpooling to and from rehearsals is encouraged;
Reducing electricity use by limiting the use of heating and lighting wherever possible;
And of course, no panto is complete without an excessive amount of glitter – so Tread the Boards have sourced some biodegradable glitter to keep that extra sparkle while looking after our environment.
Catherine Prout, co-founder and Producer at Tread the Boards, says ‘In the current environment it is increasingly important to reduce our carbon footprint where we can. The cast and crew have really got on board with the initiative and we plan on introducing more environmentally friendly initiatives in our future shows.
Jennifer Rigby, director of Jack and the Beanstalk, has been instrumental in pushing the cast to think about their environmental impact during rehearsals. ‘It’s been wonderful to see how positive a reaction the cast have had – with many putting forward their own ideas of ways they can help. After playing the part of the fairy last year, I’m delighted to be back again this time in the director’s chair. I’m looking forward to welcoming audiences into the theatre – the countdown to opening is on!’
Audiences can look forward to all their favourite panto traditions with dance, music, comedy and the return of Dame Gladys! You can come cheer and boo along with the cast from 12 December to 5 January.