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Environmental Arts Theatre Company

   
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eatcom@gmail.com
North Lanarkshire
Scotland

  The information below is from 2002.

Artistic Director/s    Malcolm LeMaistre

Ways of Working  
Practices
theatre company, performance, participatory drama, environmental education, musical, storytelling, community arts, youth theatre, combined arts, disability arts, Environmental Interpretation, heritage theatre, site-specific drama, forum theatre, image theatre, workshops
Audiences: children, family, general

Places
theatres, arts centres, schools, heritage sites, national parks, forestry areas, Scotland, national

Recent Themes
forests, conservation, bird migration, geology, oceans, transport, industrialisation, recycling, roads, natural heritage, sense of place

Vision  
'Their work strikes at the heart of the debate about our relationship with the environment,' Times Educational Supplement.

Environmental Arts Theatre Company presents original drama and music which incorporates environmental issues as themes.

Our aim is to educate through the performing arts, thus connecting the audience to otherwise distant problems in a dynamic and exciting way. The work is lively, interesting and emotionally engaging and appeals to people of all ages.

Established in 1991, the company has presented more than ten original plays throughout Scotland and England. Overall, our target audiences are equally divided between children and the general public.

The artistic director, Malcolm LeMaistre, draws on his professional experience as a former member of the seminal Scottish music group, The Incredible String Band, and on his long experience as an actor, writer and director to bring a unique quality to the work.

Our patron is the well-known botanist and environmentalist, Dr. David Bellamy, who said, "...it is the best work of its kind I have ever seen."

 
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Productions and Projects

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A Geological Cookery Class
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1998
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Using an exploding 'volcanic' oven and a very high pressure cooker, Monsieur Rock shows you the workings of the Earth's insides and the exciting and valuable things to be found there. Presented for the 1998 Science Festival at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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EATC short productions
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1997 - 2002
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During 1997 - 2002, we created the following short productions:

Diary of a Crisp Packet
The Birch and the Pine and Phil
The Little Lost Whale
I Am a Road
The Cave
A Rock Cake Cookery Class

In 2002, the Executive of the Scottish Government sponsored a schools tour of Diary of a Crisp Packet and A Lost Whale.

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The Road
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1996
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Performed during Edinburgh's Festival of the Environment, The Road presented all you ever wanted to know about roads - their history, use and impact on the environment.

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The Pine and the Eagle
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1995
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In 1995, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Edinburgh District Council commissioned a new work resulting in The Pine and the Eagle, the true story of Scotland's beautiful and tragic natural heritage. Premiering at the Festival of the Environment, the show then toured schools in Scotland.

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Out of the Skip
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1994
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This recycled fashion show proved a fun if somewhat bizarre project for 12 young girls from Edinburgh.

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The Factory
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1993
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Reflecting the impact of industry on the environment, The Factory addressed the options open to factories for their waste disposal.

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Lost Forest of Caledon
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1992
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A history of Scotland's native woodlands from primeval beginning to present day with a cast of 30 young people.

The theme song of this production was played at the Rio Earth Summit.

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Sinking Ark
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1992
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Sinking Ark was staged for Edinburgh's Festival of the Environment. Major environmental problems facing the world were presented from the viewpoint of animals. Young people from the area performed the musical drama.
This piece was subsequently presented in Birmingham and Glasgow and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Transport Wars
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1992
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A near-future musical drama, Transport Wars depicted a time when cities are ruled by second-hand car dealers and where public transport systems have broken down completely. With a cast of primary school children, this show toured throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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A Day Out at Partick Beach
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1991
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Commissioned by Action Week (Glasgow), A Day Out at Partick Beach featured an interactive day out at 'Costa del Dumbarton Road'. We explored themes of pollution, rubbish and tourism.

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More About  
Workshops:
    East Lothian: Our Environment: Past, Present and Future 1999
    Working with three groups covering a wide range of ages to create a performance based on the participants' feelings and vision of their environment.

    Scottish Natural Heritage - For World Oceans Week, Perthshire, 1998

    Bothwell and Blantyre Woods Millennium Forest for Scotland Initiative 1998
    With pupils from Bothwell and Auchinraith Primary Schools, Performed at Bothwell Castle. Special Guest Performer - Jack the Snail.

    Ecotopia (Scotland) 1998

    The Forest
    A workshop for adults where the adults 'became' animals of the forest and trees!

    How Now My Environment 1997
    Glasgow City schools, two workshops with three schools.

    Waters of Leith Conservation Trust 1997
    Workshop created a script about the history of the Water of Leith, for young people and adults.

    A Walk in the Woods Harestanes County Park 1996

    Sustainable Practices
    We use recycled materials as much as possible.

Origin 1991
  Environmental Arts Theatre Company
eatcom@gmail.com

Eastfield Farm, Eastfield Road
Caldercruix
Airdrie
North Lanarkshire
ML6 7RP
Scotland

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