Award-winning theatre group Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) will continue to break boundaries this spring by creating the UK’s first carbon neutral play. The Environmentalists is YEP’s take on the thorny issue of climate change, and an exploration of their own concerns about the future. It will run at the Everyman Theatre from Wednesday 2nd March until Saturday 5th March 2016. TICKETS
YEP are a group who have always boldly tackled the key issues of the day, earning great success last year with Until They Kick Us Out, a production which looked at the political system and the General Election through the eyes of young people.
The Environmentalists sees YEP back on stage with their biggest challenge yet: to make others care about the environment with a piece that is both fast-paced and fun, but that is also fearlessly confronting the big issues around the subject of climate change.
The production will also bring to attention the impact our daily lives has on the environment by making this the UK’s first carbon neutral play, recycling the stage, costumes, and props from previous productions, and also using LED lighting to minimise the play’s carbon footprint. To ensure the carbon neutrality of the play is fully verified, YEP have been working closely with Nick Doran and Fiona Brannigan from the University of Liverpool, both experts in calculating the carbon output of businesses.
However the largest contributor to a play’s effect on the environment is the audience travelling to see it. Audiences will be encouraged to walk, cycle, use public transport or join one of the walking buses laid on by the theatre to reduce their carbon impact both on their way to and from the theatre.
Both terrifyingly hilarious and heart-wrenchingly real, The Environmentalists is a groundbreaking production guaranteed to make you laugh uncomfortably, and one that offers an unexpected take on environmental issues. YEP may not be able to change the climate by themselves but maybe, just maybe, they can change the way you think about it.
Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 March 2016
5-11 Hope Street