I incorporated The 7 R's in this production in the following ways, as illustrated below:
Refuse: I refused to buy new which set me off on an adventure to think differently about sourcing materials, and onto a new path to advocacy.
Reduce: Using abandoned materials reduced the carbon footprint of the show; it could also be packed down to enable it to go on public transport. Calculating the carbon footprint for travel often shows it to be one of the biggest areas of impact.
Reuse: The set and costumes were all created from reused camping materials. Other materials were sourced from charity shops.
Recycle: Even the small details, such as the toggles and zips of the sleeping bags were recycled into the design. When the costumes have finished hanging at the V&A the company will consider the next stage in the lifecycle of the set and costumes.
Rethink: In rethinking how the budget was used I was able to save on the materials cost. In this project collecting, sorting and washing the festival equipment so it was ready for repurposing took 6 days and cost £100.
Re-imagine: I went to the cleanup with a concept and a colour palette drawn from nature in mind, to interpret rock formations into sculptural forms and sleeping bags for morphic survival clothing. In the deconstructing of the tents and sleeping bags, the form of the set and costume revealed itself to me.
Regenerate: One unexpected gift from this project was the invitation to share my journey and learning’s with other performance makers and students at various after show talks, colleges, symposia and other events.