The project is an ongoing attempt to frame my learning and ideas around theatre production and sustainability, both in practical and thematic terms. It is unusual for a project in the sense that it does not have an end date, and will not be shown to an audience, however I do think of it in terms of a personal project to challenge myself towards a better understanding of sustainable and ecological theatre, and to share those understandings with others, particularly other producers.
The main part of the project is the blog Net Zero West End, which is an invitation to myself to write down my thoughts and findings. I was starting the blog at a time of incredible change in the theatre sector, with productions and buildings shut down overnight. Living close to the West End at the time, I went out to photograph these venues, with their surreal sense of sudden decay and a bleak hope of reopening.
Another part of the project was to create a piece of artwork. For a long time I have been particularly interested in mushrooms and fungi, and around the time I started the blog there was a particular boom in people talking about fungi, and how their representation of decay and renewable seemed particularly resonant. So I made a handmade book called ‘The Mushroom Project’ which links with the blog but in a much more abstract way.