YEP Guest Blog: The Environmentalists at Young Everyman Playhouse

Award-winning Young Everyman Playhouse are back on stage with their biggest challenge to date.

Photo: Brian Roberts

It's the eve of press night at Liverpool's Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP), both nervous excitement and anticipation grip those in the award-winning YEP team.

The Environmentalists is the production about to take to the stage. It is a completely devised theatre piece which allows us to express our concern for the environment’s future in our own words.

We at Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) are continuously trying to break boundaries and this year we are attempting to do so by exploring how to create a completely carbon neutral play, The Environmentalists.

Our biggest aim of the production is to make people care more about the environment and it's future, and we think the best way to do this is by making the play both hilarious and heart-wrenching. Expect the unexpected as you rave with the polar bears and watch a man being eaten by his fridge, with many more scenes that are guaranteed to make you laugh uncomfortably!

Not only are we tackling the issues surrounding climate change, in the play but we’re actually going to put into practice what we’ve learnt by attempting to produce a completely carbon neutral play. Our set and costumes have been made from reused and recycled materials and we will use LED lighting to minimise the carbon footprint of the play. Staff at the Everyman & Playhouse alongside YEP members and their families are then pledging to change their habits for the week of the show in order to help offset against any carbon used.

Alongside this, we are encouraging our audience to walk, cycle and use public transport to reduce their own carbon impact. There are five walking buses coming into the theatre from different areas across the city to encourage the public to walk, and we are working with the Citybike cycling scheme to offer a £1 journey on the evenings of the show.

The Environmentalists runs from 2nd – 5th March 2016 at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

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