A show premiering at Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month will feature costumes and props made from discarded clothes, as part of a move towards more sustainable production design.
Producers Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka Productions said they wanted to create an entirely sustainable production design for Parakeet, a new musical play that will have its world premiere in Paines Plough’s Roundabout.
The show will make costumes and props from use sourced from TRAID, which collects unwanted clothes and distributes them to a network of clothes banks and charity shops to avoid them going into landfill or being incinerated.
Production designer Alex Noble, who is behind the initiative, said: “A collective effort towards sustainable design can drastically reduce cost and protect our planet from excessive waste. We feel it vital to reflect and encourage the conversation around climate change, that runs through the production, in the design, and make positive steps towards reducing waste.”
He also said he hoped the production would demonstrate “how easy it is to rely on second, third and even fourth-hand clothing”.
Noble previously founded and ran the ethical design initiative EMG, which worked to reuse excess fabric from fashion houses and repurpose it into a new collection. The show is also being supported by fashion designer and environmental activist Katharine Hamnett.