ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY panto-goers in Stratford can rest assured Jack’s famous giant beanstalk will have been cultivated with little harm to the planet.
Tread the Boards theatre company is joining the global fight against climate change by going green with their annual Christmas pantomime at the town’s Attic Theatre.
The beanstalk itself will be sourced from wadding – used to insulate quilts – and from leftover material provided by a project which encourages women in India to make blankets and other items to sell.
Other ways the company is cutting down its carbon footprint include buying props secondhand, banning single-use plastic from rehearsals, using goody bags made from paper, producing its programmes from recycled paper and reducing electricity use.
And since no panto is complete without an excessive amount of glitter and balloons – Tread the Boards will using biodegradable versions to keep that extra sparkle while also looking after the environment.
Cast members also headed to The Farm – a farm shop in Snitterfield which sells locally sourced produce – for a photo-shoot to promote shopping at local and independent businesses and reduce the impact of consumerism on the environment.
The company is also looking to open the doors to even more people this Christmas. The performance on Tuesday December 17 will be a ‘pay what you can’ production meaning theatre-goers can make a contribution in an anonymous envelope before taking their seat. And an interactive song-sheet will be accompanied by British Sign Language.
Tread the Boards co-founder Catherine Prout said: “In the current environment it is increasingly important to reduce our carbon footprint where we can. The cast and crew have really got on board with the initiative and we plan on introducing more environmentally friendly initiatives in our future shows. We are passionate about sharing the fun of panto with as many as possible and the team are working incredibly hard to do this too.”
Audiences can cheer and boo along with the cast from December 12 to January 5.
Visit www.theattictheatre.co.uk/jack-and-the-beanstalk to book tickets.