Asks, commitments & acknowledgements

1. We acknowledge the urgency, scale and all encompassing reach of the climate and biodiversity crisis, and we ask our fellow freelancers, employers, partners and producers to embed sustainable practice in all aspects of the industry.

2. We also acknowledge that progress is being made, that in many areas of life, society and work transformation is under way. Our job in this moment is to champion and accelerate that change as we race against the effects of historic, current and future emissions and wildlife degradation.

3. Those of us working in the theatre and live entertainment industry today acknowledge the responsibility to ensure that possibility exists for the next generation and generations to come.

4. We acknowledge that the business of creating and running shows creates carbon emissions and causes harm to the natural world. We want to work with producers to develop ways of working that minimise that harm.

5. We ask Producers to acknowledge that alongside taking steps to reduce our emissions impact on the natural world, we also need make reparations to acknowledge the harm done to date and the harm our ongoing operations will cause. As such, we ask Producers to support organisations and schemes that rewild, re forest and repair the natural world and remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

6. The existing linear, single use model of production needs to change to a circular model featuring more reclaim, adapt and re-use of assets and materials. The Theatre Green Book provides a methodology as part of that transition. We acknowledge that all organisations and producers will use TGB in ways unique to their operations, but by making TGB the common standard, we enable freelancers working with multiple organisations a common framework in which they can play a full role in contributing to sustainable ways of working.

7. The industry is made up of multiple individual service companies responding to client demand. Currently that demand often follows single use principles, making bespoke scenic items from virgin materials from all round the world which we then use for weeks or months before sending to waste disposal. We support efforts to help these companies to move to a circular model with greater reclaim, adapt reuse and also modular methods of construction.

8. We ask organisations to actively share the actions they are taking, and details of their culture of sustainability with all freelancers that are engaged to work on a project. Also to make space for a conversation around this. As an example, include this in the conversation on the first day of rehearsals of a project, at the parameters meeting and other key introduction moments.

9. To enable Freelancers to understand and then be part of an organisations actions in regards to sustainability, we ask that organisations ensure their website sustainability statements are up to date, and honestly reflect the reality within the organisation. We ask that these statements are as ambitious as possible, but also honest and accurate.

10. Carbon Literacy training is a key tool in ensuring conversations around sustainable production happen with a broad based understanding of the issues. In organisations where full time staff have undertaken Carbon Literacy Training, Producers should consider whether it is possible to provide the same training to the freelancers they engage.

11. We want to be part of an industry that embraces sustainability in its broadest sense. Promoting sustainable practice that nourishes the environment whilst also nourishing those doing the work. That acknowledges the planet, people, and the work environments we create as worthy of care and respect.

12. Time, money, extra work? – A thing that seems to get said a lot in conversations re sustainable practice, is that following a sustainable production process, as opposed to the current standard process, will take more time and may cost more money.
– Is this always true, does it have to be true? Some aspects of sustainable production – using less electricity, minimising vans, deliveries, and freight, re-use of materials and moving to circular economy ways of working should actually save money.
– The narrative that it takes longer and costs more is potentially problematic if we want all sectors of the industry to move to sustainable ways of working. But it is currently the case that sustainable iterative design responding to found items, and sustainable sourcing can involve more work hours for those people involved in these processes.
-As we are still learning, and until sustainable practice becomes the new norm, and info is widely available and sustainable habits replace single use habits, producers should acknowledge the roles in which extra work is required and either bring in specific support or increase fees accordingly.