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On the 30 September 2012 the Trust’s three year Ecovenue project came to an end.

To mark the work of the project we have published a report Evaluating Ecovenue. It tells the story of Ecovenue, records its outcomes and provides a record of the work that helped to promote environmental sustainability across the London and UK theatre industry.

Ecovenue has delivered a clear legacy. It has prompted theatres and arts venues to think and take action over their energy, water and materials use as well as their waste disposal. It has created the Theatres DEC Pool. And it has raised awareness of the needs and issues facing smaller theatres and arts venues trying to improve their environmental performance.

Going forward, the Trust continues to provide environmental advice to theatres through its Theatres Advice Service.

Read our Introduction to Ecovenue (PDF)

Further information

ECOVENUE Press
ECOVENUE Resources

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the project and its outcomes.


September 2012 Update

We are delighted to announce that The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award 2012 Winner is ShowTex for its Acoustic Baffle. Read the full press release

Visitors at PLASA 2012 voted for the industry’s leading environmentally sustainable products entered in The Theatres Trust’s third People’s Choice Award 2012, on show as part of the exhibition.

2012 People’s Choice Award Candidates and their products:

CORE Lighting – CORE Theatre Worklight
• Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc – ETC Source Four Dimmer
• Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc – ETC Source Four LED
• Martin – MAC Aura
• Robert Juliat – TIBO
• ShowTex – Acoustic Baffle
• State Automation – INCAND-Air 30

Exhibiting PLASA 2012 manufacturers nominate products they consider are making a significant difference to the resource efficiency of theatres and the winner is selected by public vote.

More about the Trust at PLASA 2012.

Download 2012 People’s Choice Awards Candidates Brochure (PDF)


August 2012 Update

It’s all systems go for PLASA 2012 9 – 12 September – come and join us at Stand 2-N10!

Fabulous to have Stage Electrics on board as our main lighting supporter. We’ve also got ETC as our stand sponsor, as well as Orbital Sound as our sound supporter. We will have some drapery from ShowTex and XLVideo will be providing our AV kit.

We’‘ll announce the People’s Choice Award entries shortly. Keep up to date by following Twitter hashtag #pca2012


July 2012 Update

People’s Choice Award 2012

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that entries are open for The Theatres Trust’s third annual People’s Choice Award.

Selection takes place at PLASA 2012 running from 09 – 12 September at Earls Court, London, where shortlisted products are displayed on The Theatres Trust’s stand and visitors to the show cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Entries close 17 August


June 2012 Update 2

We are pleased to announce the aunch of ‘Energising Culture,’ a guide to engage the UK’s cultural leadership with the importance of planning a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for cultural buildings. The guide is authored by creative industry sustainability experts, Julie’s Bicycle, in partnership with the national advisory body for theatres, The Theatres Trust, and launched at The Trust’s Conference 12 ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ at Stratford Circus.

‘Energising Culture’ aims to equip leaders of arts organisations with an understanding of the strategic issues around energy demand, supply and implications for business models; and to make informed decisions about long-term energy strategies for cultural buildings.

‘Energising Culture’ is now available as a free download

Energising Culture is co-funded by Arts Council England and The Theatres Trust’s Ecovenue project supported by the European Regional Development Fund.


June 2012 Update

Conference12: Delivering Sustainable Theatres
12 June 2012 Stratford Circus, London

The agenda for the day looks at what sustainable development means for theatres in the current economic climate and the actions theatres are taking to improve their environmental performance and social impact – meeting the challenge of delivering the triple bottom line.

You will also have the chance to see how our 48 Ecovenue project participants have been getting on in a specially commissioned ‘Celebrating Ecovenue’ exhibition taking place in Circus 2. During the day we will also be launching ‘Energising Culture’, a guide produced in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle.

ABTT 2012 Theatre Show
13 and 14 June 2012

Come and visit us at Stand 62 at the Old Truman Brewery and talk to us about your theatre building or environmental project, hear more about the advice we can offer, our Small Grants Scheme, recent planning work and what we’re doing to help theatres at risk.

On the 14 June you can also book to attend a special lunchtime seminar run by Julie’s Bicycle and The Theatres Trust. Read on!

Seminar Energising Culture 14 June, 12.30-13.30, Seminar Room

Energy is essential for putting on shows and spectacles: to light them, to amplify the sound and to create a comfortable environment for audiences. Regardless of the size of your building, its function or the ownership model, it’s important to plan your energy future and to get a handle on your carbon emissions, taking account of strategic issues around renewables and future energy needs.

The Energising Culture document, authored by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with the Theatres Trust and launched at the Theatres Trust’s ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ Conference, is a high-level paper intended to raise questions and encourage thinking about your building’s energy future, as well as to give you ideas and point you in the direction of further resources. Come and join Julie’s Bicycle and The Theatres Trust to discuss practical solutions to powering our cultural events into the future.

Hope to see many of you there!


April 2012 Update

Ecovenue Creative Exhibition Producer sought

Ecovenue is a central feature of The Theatres Trust’s Conference 12 on 12 June 2012 at Stratford Circus in east London. Through a dedicated exhibition in the venue’s studio space, Circus 2, we will tell the story of Ecovenue through its participating venues. We are looking for an independent creative exhibition producer to tender their services to deliver the exhibition.

Download the Creative Exhibition Producer Brief.

Closing date for tenders is 20 April 2012 at 5:00pm.


September 2011 Update

If you missed the PLASA11 seminar Putting Sustainability Centre Stage then you are in luck – view Ecovenue Tim’s Top Tips Powerpoint presentation. Take a look at further tips to making your theatre more efficient from front of house, to the auditorium, onstage and backstage as well.

Drum roll please…. the winners of the People’s Choice Award 2011 are … GDS (Global Design Solutions) for their ArcSystem LED-based house lighting system. Read full press release


August 2011 Update

Ecovenue are attending PLASA11 this year and will be holding the following seminar:

Putting Sustainability Centre Stage – Practical ways to improve your venue’s performance 13 September 2011

Drawing on the experiences of the 48 venues involved in Ecovenue, The Theatres Trust’s European Regional Development Fund-backed sustainability project, we present practical tips and practices for improving the environmental performance of theatre and performing arts buildings. Find out more

We will also be be holding our People’s Choice Award for most sustainable product in the theatre industry. Visitors to the show will be introduced to the different products, they will then cast their votes and the winner will be announced at a small awards ceremony. Find our more on Ecovenue at PLASA11.


June 2011 Update

Launch of The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award 2011

Entries are now open for The Theatres Trust second annual People’s Choice Award, following our launch event at the ABTT Theatre Show 2011 on 15 June 2011.

Entries are invited from entertainment industry manufacturers/suppliers with a product that they consider is making a difference to theatres sustainability, either through design, manufacture or operation. Successful applicants products will be displayed on The Theatres Trust’s stand 2-M14 at PLASA 2011 from the 11 – 14 September and visitors to the show will cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award. Read full press release

Find out how to enter your product into the People’s Choice Award


May 2011 Update

The Theatres Trust is pleased to once again be holding a stand at the ABTT 2011 Theatre Show. Held this year over 15 and 16 June. Visit us at Stand 143 in the Lawrence Hall, of the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Ecovenue will be leading our seminar this year: Is Sustainability Still the Elephant in the Auditorium?. This should be informative for venue management, production staff and anyone interested in theatres & sustainability.

Thursday 16 June, 12:30 – 14:00, Royal Horticultural Halls, 2nd Floor, Room 21

The Trust would also like to put a call out to all theatres to join in the Theatres DEC Pool and Green Database Survey


April 2011 Update

For a full list of Ecovenue’s participating venues click here

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce it is holding a one hour seminar at Plasa Focus in Leeds where you can debate and share your experiences. Information and booking

The Theatres Trust will also launch an industry-wide ‘DEC Pool’, in which venues already holding the certificates are invited to participate. Contact us for further information.

New Ecovenues

We are also pleased to announce the London theatres that have joined us in our final cohort, so far, include:

Brockley Jack – Canal Cafe Theatre – Circus Space – the Gate Theatre – Greenwich Playhouse – Greenwich Theatre – New Diorama – Old Vic – Waterloo East Theatre

Find out more about these venues in our Spring 11 Theatres Magazine Issue 57.


February 2011 Update

As we finalise the last venues to join our Ecovenue project, we are looking ahead to the launch of our ‘Display Energy Certificate Pool’ at PLASA Focus in Leeds on Tuesday 19 April.

Venues already holding the certificates are invited to participate by entering their DEC into the Pool, enabling us to benchmark the project venues against national data. Additionally, it will allow similar venues to compare performance, and share experiences for the benefit of others.

For more information on Ecovenue or becoming one of our final venues, or the ‘DEC Pool’ email Tim Atkinson


January 2011 Update

Final twelve places in The Theatres Trust’s Ecovenue project up for grabs!

The Theatres Trust’s European Regional Development Fund-backed sustainability project for small- to medium-sized London performing arts venues is now recruiting for the final 12 venues to complete our project group of 48.

Venues already signed up to our project are:

Albany Theatre - Arcola Theatre - artsdepot - Bush Theatre - Camden People’s Theatre - Chats Palace - Chelsea Theatre - Chisenhale Dance Space - Cock Tavern Theatre - Compass Theatre & Arts Centre - Courtyard Theatre - Duchess Theatre - Etcetera Theatre - Finborough Theatre - Hoxton Hall - Jacksons Lane - Kenneth More Theatre - King’s Head Theatre - Leicester Square Theatre - Little Angel Theatre - Orange Tree Theatre - Pleasance - Polka Theatre - Putney Arts Theatre - Questors - Soho Theatre - Southwark Playhouse - TARA Studio - The Arts Theatre - The Drill Hall - The Landor - The Space - Theatre503 - Toynbee Studios Theatre - Tristan Bates Theatre - Union Chapel

For an Application Form to join these venues in the project receiving free sustainability advice, email Tim Atkinson

We look forward to hearing from you!


November 2010 Update

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce the third cohort of twelve ECOVENUE participants to join itsenvironmental sustainability project.

Successful venues in the third round are: Arcola Theatre (Hackney), Pleasance (Islington), the Union Chapel (Islington), artsadmin (Tower Hamlets), Putney Arts Theatre (Wandsworth), People’s Theatre (Camden), the Cock Tavern Theatre (Camden), Etcetera Theatre (Camden), Hoxton Hall (Hackney), King’s Head Theatre (Islington), Leicester Square Theatre (Westminster) and The Space (Tower Hamlets).

There is still space available in the fourth and final cohort joining us in early 2012 – if you are a small to medium sized performing arts venue in the Greater London area, then please get in touch with Tim Atkinson.


October 2010 Update

We are already working with 24 venues to provide free Display Energy Certificates and Advisory Reports in the first and second years, free assistance to develop Environmental Policies and institute energy monitoring practices, as well as practical advice related to procurement, waste disposal and recycling.

We have 12 spaces to join the project straight away, and space for another 12 to join in January 2011.

We will also be holding regular seminars on topics of relevance to smaller venues, and linking up with other complementary schemes. The Ecovenue project will be working with the beneficiaries until the summer of 2012, and is completely free to eligible venues in Greater London.

To be eligible, venues must have an annual turnover of less than €50m, have less than €43m on its balance sheet, and be in receipt of no more than €500,000 in de minimis aid (no more than €200,000 for January 2011 entry).

For an Application Form, or for more information, please contact Tim Atkinson.


September 2010 Update

The Theatres Trust Announces Global Design Solutions wins first ‘Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award’ at PLASA 2010.

Global Design Solutions was the successful recipient of the first Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award for its Blues System Dimmable controlable performance working light at PLASA2010. Presented at a ceremony on The Theatres Trust’s Ecovenue stand, Global Design Solutions was voted for by visitors of this leading international trade show for event, installation and entertainment technology.

Products were nominated by participating PLASA2010 manufacturers if they could demonstrate improvements in sustainable theatre technology. They were used to illuminate a special stand featuring the work of The Theatres Trust’s Ecovenue project. Read More

The Theatres Trust presents its First People’s Choice award at PLASA 2010

We will present our first People’s Choice Award on our Ecovenue stand (2-M28) at PLASA2010, Earls Court on Tuesday 14 September 2010 at 6.00pm. Promoting best practice in sustainable theatre technology, this award will be selected by visitors to PLASA 2010 from lighting and stage equipment used to illuminate an exhibition outlining the work of our Ecovenue project.

View Full Press Release


August 2010 Update

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce the second cohort of twelve ECOVENUE participants.

Successful venues in the second round are the Soho Theatre (Westminster), Jacksons Lane (Islington) Chats Palace (Hackney), Questors Theatre (Ealing), Orange Tree Theatre (Richmond), the Theatre503 (Wandsworth), the Arts Theatre (Westminster), the Courtyard Theatre (Hackney), the Landor Theatre (Lambeth), the Curtain Theatre, Toynbee Studios (Tower Hamlets), Chelsea Theatre (Kensington and Chelsea) and Tristan Bates Theatre (Camden).


July 2010 Update

The Theatres Trust Ecovenue project at PLASA 2010

We will be profiling the Ecovenue project, and all its participants at PLASA 2010 in The Theatres Trust’s very own ‘Ecovenue’ on Stand 2-M28 at Earl’s Court, showcasing the environmental efficiency practices being implemented across the London venues involved with the project. In addition to profiling the venues, the Ecovenue area in Earls Court 2 will also feature technologies designed to rationalise the environmental footprint of theatres.

As part of this initiative, The Theatres Trust will launch its first ‘People’s Choice’ award for sustainable theatrical products to complement the existing PLASA Innovation Award for Environmentally-focused products.

All exhibiting manufacturers at PLASA 2010 are invited, as part of an open call for entries, to put forward products to be considered for this Theatres Trust award. The Theatres Trust will then select those that represent either a significant step forward in the resource efficiency of an existing product or a new product intended to contribute to the resource efficiency of a theatre to be featured in the area.

Visitors to PLASA 2010 will be able to vote on the product they feel best represents progression towards sustainability, while also learning about the advice that the Ecovenue participants are receiving and the experiences of the 24 already signed up to the project.

The PLASA Show runs from the 12th – 15th September. For a Theatres Trust ‘People’s Choice’ award application form, please email Tim Atkinson.

View the PLASA Press Release or find out more about the PLASA Show.


June 2010 Update

We have now begun working with our first twelve venues (see below), and are still open to applications to be one of the next 12 venues to join Ecovenue, our ERDF-funded project to improve the environmental sustainability of 48 London performing arts venues.

We are working with SME venues, who are not currently in receipt of more than €500,000 in aid from public bodies, have no more than €43m on their balance sheets, and have less than 250 full-time employees.

The selected venues will be working with The Theatres Trust until the Summer of 2012, and will receive free Environmental Audits, Display Energy Certificates in the first and second years, assistance in creating/improving Environmental Policies, and be assisted to sign up to the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code.

As always if you’d like an Application Form, or have any questions or queries about the project and whether or not your venue may qualify, please contact Tim Atkinson.


May 2010 Update

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce the first twelve ECOVENUE participants.

Successful venues in the first round are the Albany Theatre (Deptford), the Bush Theatre (Shepherd’s Bush) Chisenhale Dance Space (Bow), the Compass Theatre (Ickenham), Drill Hall (Bloomsbury), the Duchess Theatre (Westminster), the Finborough Theatre (West Brompton), the Kenneth More Theatre (Ilford), the Little Angel Theatre (Islington), the Polka Theatre (Wimbledon), Southwark Playhouse (Southwark) and Tara Studio (Wandsworth).

Read full press release

Note: Ecovenue continues to be open to applications from all venues/venue managements not currently in receipt of more than €500,000 in aid from public bodies, with no more than €43m on their balance sheets, and less than 250 full-time employees.



March 2010 Update

Applications have been coming in from theatres and performing arts venues for involvement in the Trust’s ECOVENUE project. So far more than a quarter of London’s SME venues have expressed an interest in being involved in the project; the first 12 successful applicants will join the venture from April, while the following 12 will join from July.


January 2010 Update

ECOVENUE is now accepting applications from all London venues/venue managements not currently in receipt of more than €500,000 in aid from public bodies, with no more than €43m on their balance sheets, and less than 250 full-time employees.

For more information on the ECOVENUE project or to request an Application Form please contact Tim Atkinson.


The Programme

On 14 September 2009 at Plasa 09 The Theatres Trust announced ECOVENUE, a new three year programme to provide specialist theatre environmental advice and undertake free DEC assessments with 48 small scale theatres in London.

One year on from the launch of the Mayor of London’s “Green Theatre: Taking Action on Climate Change” initiative at Plasa 08, The Theatres Trust announced it is to receive £450,000 over the next three years from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in London to deliver the ECOVENUE advisory programme.

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust said ‘When the Mayor of London’s Green Theatre Plan was launched last year to help theatres in London achieve reductions in carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, commercial and subsidised theatres in London were quick to sign up. We recognised that smaller theatres with less resources would find it harder to participate, and so made an application for funding to the LDA at the beginning of 2009 to help address the gap. I’m delighted that we can announce the ERDF award at Plasa 09 and help more London theatres to address environmental issues associated with climate change and reduce their energy use.’

The Trust will be inviting 48 London theatres to apply to participate in the project, which will run until spring 2012. Successful theatres will receive a free environmental audit, a free Display Energy Certificate and Advisory Report and help to develop an Environmental Policy. They will each go on to receive a free second Display Energy Certificate a year later to help quantify results and promote achievements. Venues will proceed through the project in four quarterly cohorts of 12.

Greening Your Theatre ECOVENUE Presentation


More information

ECOVENUE Press
ECOVENUE Resources


The Theatres Trust ECOVENUE Project is funded by the European Redional Development Fund.

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