Conference 21 speakers and programme announced

Leading names in theatre, design and architecture head line-up at our conference Making Theatre Sustainable at Lyric Hammersmith on 4 November.

The stellar line up of speakers includes Lisa Burger (National Theatre), Lucy Davies (Royal Court Theatre), Andy Hayles (Charcoalblue), Dave Moutry (HOME/MAST), Melly Still, Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle) and Steve Tompkins (Haworth Tompkins).

As the theatre sector emerges from the pandemic, it can and must play its part in responding to the climate emergency. Lockdown discussions have led to the creation of the Theatre Green Book, an industry-wide collaboration that builds on existing guidance and draws on input from across the sector to form a shared standard for environmentally responsible theatre. Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable will launch the Buildings volume of the Theatre Green Book and continue the industry-wide dialogue and sharing of best practice that sits at the heart of the project.

National Theatre’s Executive Director Lisa Burger and director/designer Melly Still will start the conference off, talking about their own journey toward sustainable theatre and why they support the Theatre Green Book. Across the day there will also be a series of thought-provoking debates unpicking some of the deeper challenges of, and opportunities in, making theatre sustainable. Architect Steve Tompkins and theatre consultant Andy Hayles from Charcoalblue will head up a debate on how we ensure theatres remain fit for purpose given the need to build and buy less.

Reflecting the international discussion taking place at COP26 in Glasgow, the final panel discussion will see Lucy Davies, Executive Director of Royal Court Theatre, Dave Moutrey, Chief Executive of HOME, Director of Culture for Manchester and member of Manchester Arts Sustainability Team, Alison Tickell from Julie’s Bicycle, Molly Braverman, Director of Broadway Green Alliance and Heidi Wiley, Executive Director, European Theatre Convention look at the role of theatre in wider climate advocacy, and the importance of working in partnership regionally, nationally and internationally.

The conference programme features representatives from every type and scale of theatre organisation – from national institutions National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre and West End giants Delfont Mackintosh to London fringe venue Arcola and volunteer-run Romiley Little Theatre. Likewise, the discussions will bring together participants from a wide range of theatre disciplines, from designers and heads of production to front of house, catering and building managers on the innovative and practical ways they are working to make their productions, buildings and operations much greener.

See the full programme for Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable.

Find out more about the conference and how to book your place.