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.