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Creative Carbon

Ecology and theatre production (provided by Creative Carbon Scotland)

This Edinburgh green opera is led by the Eco-drama, a school tour program of the Whirlwind Bird Theatre Company. Their goal is to use drama, music, storytelling and creative workshops to attract, entertain and inspire people of all ages to care about our natural world. Director Emily Reid joined set designer Tanja Beer and assistant set designer Mona Kastell to discuss their latest work, Uprooted, which features Scotland’s first life stage ever.

Living Stage is just as it sounds: a stage made of living plants. It is recyclable, biodegradable, edible, and made from locally found and recycled materials. Tanja Beer, the author of this brilliant idea, travels the world, collaborating with local perpetrators and theater producers to create scenes of life. The project has been developing (no pun intended) since its debut at the Castlemaine State Music Festival in Australia in 2013, and has since traveled to Cardiff, where it is part of the Trans-Plantable Living Room and now enters Scotland .

The uprooted living stage was created as part of Eco-Drama’s “Out to Play” project, which worked with four primary schools in Glasgow to design, develop and build a living theatre. Seeing that many of these downtown schools only have concrete playgrounds, the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtourist gardens has developed to give children the opportunity to experience the natural world. They participated in the design aspect of the production (it turns out that the plants grown from the toilet are particularly popular) and planted the first seeds in March 2015.

Of course, there are many challenges in creating a living stage and touring it in a sustainable way. They successfully solved the latter problem and became the proud owner of electric cars and “magic vans”, which use re-used vegetable oil (by the way, the best things come from Indian and Chinese takeaways-crushed oil is used) Too many times). Other challenges include performing stunts for plants that have an active performance role (so that they have time to recover) and ensuring that there is enough time to maintain sustainable development.

The final challenge is to decide what to do after the production is complete. Living Stage is a “zero waste” series, so nothing is discarded or discarded. Instead, it will return to a school that helped plant it and install it as a permanent function-turning the ugly metal fence into a beautiful thing. It will be in a public, and therefore unprotected space, but the hope is that because the community helped create the garden, they will have a deeper connection with it (and the desire to care about it) instead of just being dumped on them .