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Green Stage Theatre

   
www.greenstagetheatre.co.uk

England

  Green Stage is a theatre company, founded in 2010 by Lisa Woynarski and Rosie Leach. We collaborate with others to create performance and workshops that explore ecological conundrums, usually outdoors. We've worked in parks, city farms, community gardens, pavements and on the tube.

 
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Trans-Plantable Living Room
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2013
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Trans-Plantable Living Room is a living, edible performance space, grown by community gardeners, which hosts interactive performances by the international performance collective Plantable.

Two performance in 2013 were at the World Stage Design festival in Cardiff and at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

A network of Cardiff-based gardeners grew plants for the space, coordinated by Sam Holt of Riverside Community Allotments and supported by Becca Clarke of Green City Events, Michele Fitzsimmons of Edible Landscaping, Polly Reichelt and Adamsdown Community Garden, Alistair Rowan and Field Days Organics (Innovate Trust) and Vegalive Aquaponics.

We ran workshops and interviews to unearth hidden stories about gardens with Katie Jones of Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. The oral history interviews investigated personal narratives about gardening in Cardiff. Ideas unearthed in workshops and interviews were woven together by the Plantable Performance Research Collective, to create an immersive, interactive performance.

The Plantable Research Collective is an international collective of theatre makers that explore the interface between performance and ecology. Made up of Lisa Woynarski, Bronwyn Preece and Megan Moe Beitiks, Plantable will weave together elements from the workshops and interview recordings to create the performance.

The Living Stage is an international project that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance spaces, led by Tanja Beer, who created the design for the Living Room's space.

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Trans-Plantable Living Room

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Green Stage Theatre playreadings
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2010
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Green Stage Theatre presented readings of three new eco-plays at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, London.

The plays were:

Good Fix
by Meghan Moe Beitiks
A radical do-gooder art collective’s converted warehouse: a world of miso soup, grant applications, drunken hysteria and toxic sludge. A play about the high we get from 'right' actions, the difficulty of pursuing lasting solutions, and the danger of defining 'good' too narrowly.

Cogent Park
by Ian Lane
There is C. There is P. Together they make CHP. P does the pacing. H hitches a ride. P makes things happen. H makes things the happenings more bearable. An absurdist physical theatre piece about the relationship between heat and power, and the benefits of co-generation.

Hollow Glass
by Lara Stavrinou
'The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital' (Murray Bookchin, Post Scarcity Anarchism, 2004). Witness the dysfunctional social arrangements of six twenty-somethings as they struggle to accustom themselves to life in the city. Activism, vintage shoes and microwave brownies provide instant gratification, but in the midst of rising crime and distrust, can they find the space and time to relate to one another?

Green Stage devise original work inspired by environmental debates and green spaces. Their first play, Unplugged, performed at Spitalfields City Farm and Camden Green Fair, imagined how London would respond to a week-long power cut. Forest Trails & Urban Tales was performed in the King Henry's Walk community garden.

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Unplugged
We began with a series of playful workshops which explored physical theatre, site-specific theatre, Forum Theatre and eco-interpretation of text. Over the course of eight weeks a group of 12 writers and performers created the devised play, Unplugged, performed outdoors at Regent's Park and Spitalfields City Farm in Many and June.

Nature of Food: Devising Food Conscious Theatre
a workshop at Union Street Urban Orchard.

Forest Trails and Urban Tales
A devised show, it was set in King Henry's Walk Gardens. This promenade performance in September 2010 took audiences on an immersive journey through the wood at the end of the garden, to meet its somewhat grumpy and cramped inhabitants.

Posh Phones and Bolt Wheevils
A piece of invisible theatre written by Persephone Pearl of Feral Theatre and performed on South Bank and on the tube on the day of climate action 10:10:10.
A heated debate between two friends in it soured to tackle issues of land-use, climate change and resource depletion.

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  Green Stage Theatre
www.greenstagetheatre.co.uk

England

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