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Interview: Oli Savage tackles climate change with Greenhouse Theatre

The UK’s First Zero-Waste Performance Space

Theatre for a Changing Climate – The Greenhouse Theatre at Canary Wharf

In partnership with Canary Wharf Group, The Greenhouse Theatre is delighted to expand their award-winning eco-friendly holistic theatre project to new heights, right in the heart of bustling Canary Wharf, London.

Kicking off on Friday 23rd July, visitors will be welcomed by an all-new version of The Greenhouse’s signature pop-up venue, made entirely of recycled materials. Nestled between the skyscrapers in the gorgeous Jubilee Park, The Greenhouse Theatre will be running daily with an exciting new roster of shows, workshops, and social experiences, bringing to life the perspectives of some of the UK’s most passionate emerging creatives and environmentalists and challenging just what it means to care about the climate.

Building off of an award-winning run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe (The Stage’s Top 5 New Venues, Theatre Weekly’s Best of the Fest Best Venue Award) and back better than ever after a year spent apart, The Greenhouse Theatre at Canary Wharf is a continuation of the idea that minding the environment in any endeavor is neither a gimmick nor a limitation. In fact, it’s the name of the game. Every single aspect of the Greenhouse Theatre’s production – from costuming to marketing to even building the venue itself – is zero-waste from conception to execution. No matter what you find to do at The Greenhouse, you can rest assured that you’ll be making a difference.

Theatre at The Greenhouse is intimate and exciting, bringing a human narrative to the facts, numbers, doom, and gloom of so-called “eco-entertainment.” Set among trees and under the sky, audience members will be transported to new worlds mere blocks from the center of London’s commercial heart. And with shows running just under an hour and with pay-what-you-want tickets, participating in emerging theatre has never been more accessible.

Three new shows will debut at Canary Wharf, all written, directed, and acted by a team of diverse and passionate emerging creatives. As you Like It is an excitingly fresh all singing and dancing production of Shakespeare’s pastoral classic, showcasing a young girl’s love for the woods and how we can all re-kindle a connection with the natural world. Hjem is an all-new tale of two singers – an old Norwegian fisherman and a young English woman – who strum up a heart-warming friendship by singing shanties across the seas and connecting through their love of the ocean and music they share. Finally, 12 is an all-new romantic story set over the remaining 12 years we have left to abate the worst effects of the climate crisis. It follows just one relationship as it struggles to stay together in a world that’s falling apart and asks, in the midst of a global emergency, what are the things worth saving?

As an installation in Jubilee Park, The Greenhouse Theatre is also dedicated to being a public space that brings the community together even beyond the box office. It will bring a host of extensive workshops, events, and social experiences for everyone. Talks, lessons, musical performances, and more will bring sustainability further into the community, offering opportunities to meet with the team, spend time with others, and learn something new all in the heart of Canary Wharf.

For more information, please visit: www.thegreenhousetheatre.com and www.canarywharf.com. Shows run at 7:30pm: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and at 2:30pm/7:30pm: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.


Listen back to our interview with Oli Savage, Artistic Director, who tells us about their production of As You Like It, as well as how the venue has been made and why theatre is an important cog in the climate change conversation.

This three part interview was first broadcast on our Runn Radio show on 21 July.

You can book tickets for their upcoming shows via the below link.

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