Lungs win the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2015

This article is from 2015

Lungs win the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2015

credit: Richard Davenport

Paines Plough's production wins environmental award at this year's festival

Celebrating artists and productions that draw attention or exhibit sustainable practices the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award highlights festival shows, of any genre, that actively engage with issues that offset or address environmental impact.

Launched in 2010 previous winners have included The Pantry Shelf (2010) produced by Team M&M; Allotment (2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson; D is for Dog (2012) by Katie Polebaum and the Rogue Artists ensemble; How to Occupy an Oil Rig by Daniel Bye (2013) and The HandleBards/Peculius bicycle powered Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2014).

After whittling down this year's longlist to a final shortlist of five …

Lucy Grace: Garden
Paines Plough: Lungs
Citizens Theatre: Scarfed for Life
The Vaults: Sing For Your Life
Peculius: The HandleBards – Secret Shakespeare

The overall winner is: Paines Plough with Lungs, selected for its sustainable production considerations, its sensitive treatment of sustainability issues within its content, and the high overall quality of the show.

'Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis give blistering performances as a couple heatedly discussing whether or not to have a baby, debating everything from the effect of pregnancy on a woman's body to the environmental impact of having a child.'

Lungs: Roundabout @ Summerhall, 560 1581, until 30 Aug, 3.35pm & 10.30pm (28, 30 Aug), £15–£17 (£10–£12).


  • 4 stars

Paines Plough ‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.’ In a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest, a…