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Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse to stage UK’s first carbon-neutral play

Promotional image for The Environmentalists by Young Everyman Playhouse Promotional image for The Environmentalists by Young Everyman Playhouse
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Young people at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse are to stage what is claimed to be the UK’s first carbon-neutral play.

All the staging, props and costumes used in The Environmentalists will be recycled from previous productions, while LED lighting will be used in place of standard theatre lights in an attempt to minimise carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition, the theatre’s youth company Young Everyman Playhouse – which has devised the play – is hoping to offset any carbon dioxide produced by asking audiences to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to and from the Everyman instead of driving.

The theatre will also be organising ‘walking buses’ – groups of people walking to the theatre together – for audiences to reduce the play’s carbon impact.

YEP director Matt Rutter said the play came about because the young company was discussing the environment “and how it seemed like such a big topic people felt they couldn’t make an impact… so stopped trying”.

He continued: “We wanted to create a show that could inspire the younger generation to take action, to be more aware of the impact we’re all having on our environment and to act as a collective to achieve change.”

Keeley Ray, a member of YEP, said the company was staging the show in the hope it would “inspire others to change”.

The Everyman reopened in 2014 with a number of environmentally friendly new features, including flushing toilets powered by rainwater and a power unit that converts waste heat into electricity.

While a theatre spokesman confirmed the carbon neutral play was a one-off, he also said the venue was working with Liverpool’s city bike scheme towards a long-term partnership in an attempt to reduce the theatre’s CO2 emissions.

Sustainable arts charity Julie’s Bicycle will also be study the YEP production for a case study, as part of its partnership with Arts Council England.

The Environmentalists will be staged from March 2 to March 5, with a press night on March 3

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