The Estate is welcoming the UK’s first zero-waste theatre, to help kickstart wider climate action among Londoners
This July, Canary Wharf welcomes The Greenhouse Theatre – an award winning, eco-driven theatre project that aims to inform audiences on the climate crisis, through engaging and powerful storytelling on stage.
The Greenhouse Theatre will nestle its signature pop-up, crafted entirely of recycled and found materials, within the calming open space of Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf. Once launched, this unique structure will host a programme of shows and workshops, created to help audiences build earthly connections with the climate crisis. Visitors will also learn practical skills through this environment-inspired programme of activity, hoping to encourage eco-conscious individuals to act for the future.
From being flooded with awards at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, The Greenhouse Theatre returns after a year underground. This special edition, hosted by Canary Wharf, is a build on The Greenhouse’s ethos that preserving the atmosphere must be a continual and collective effort. In fact, every particle of the production has been curated with the environment in mind, from the costuming to the marketing, and even the building of the venue is a zero-waste design from the ground up.
Three new shows, all written, directed, and performed by a creative collective of diverse and passionate talent, will debut at Canary Wharf. Set under the trees and surrounded by a skyline, audiences can expect intimate acts that contextualise climate change through an evocative and human narrative.
For example, As you Like It, an all singing and dancing production of Shakespeare’s pastoral classic, showcases a young girl’s love for the woods, and is designed to re-kindle a connection with the natural world. Secondly, Hjem is a visual tale of two singers, who strum up a heart-warming friendship by singing across the seas and connecting through their love of the natural landscape. Also debuting at Canary Wharf is 12, a romantic story set over the remaining 12 years we have left to abate the worst effects of the climate crisis – this deeply human piece forces audiences to consider what personal and emotional heartache is at stake.
The Greenhouse Theatre, Canary Wharf, will evoke further feelings of community within this public space, as audiences are welcomed to learn through talks, lessons, musical performances, and family events. This project contributes to Canary Wharf’s wider environmental initiatives, including creating a truly sustainable 15-minute city in which to live, work and play.
Lucie Moore, Group Arts+Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group said: “We’re so pleased to be adding The Greenhouse Theatre to the ever-growing list of exciting lifestyle activity we have happening at Canary Wharf.
“This is a powerful and visual way to educate live audiences on what vital action needs to be taken to save our planet and with the wider environmental initiatives that have been implemented estate-wide, it is a perfect fit for Canary Wharf. We are delighted to share the stage with such a forward-thinking group of creative and diverse talent and are even more excited to be hosting three brand new shows from this award-winning collective.”
Oli Savage, Artistic Director at The Greenhouse Theatre says: “We are so excited to be working with the Canary Wharf Group for our first appearance coming out of lockdown. Their strong track-record in sustainability makes them a natural partner for us.
What’s more, Jubilee Park is a truly beautiful natural space in the heart of a bustling business centre. It’s full of contrast between the natural and the manmade, yet it’s also incredibly peaceful. That makes it the perfect spot for reflecting on our relationship with the natural world, an ideal place for The Greenhouse! We’re looking forward to meeting new audiences, and helping more people connect with nature in the heart of the city. “
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Friday 23 July – Sunday 15 August
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166