Winner and finalists of the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award announced
- Rowena McIntosh
- 25 August 2017
Towers of Eden scopes the annual award recognising sustainable practices at the world's biggest arts festival
Towers of Eden by Outland Theatre has won the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. The award is run by The Center of Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland and recognises sustainable practices within the arts. It encourages performers, producers and venues to consider social, economic and environmental best practice for their shows at Edinburgh Fringe.
Outland Theatre's production Towers of Eden portrays a dystopian future where environmental disasters have struck the world. Conventional farming is no longer productive or sustainable and resources are dwindling so the government offers a solution: sky farming. However, it's soon revealed as a corrupt ploy to gain money and power.
Outland Theatre convinced judges with their sustainable messages. Moreover, they were conscious of the sustainability of their production and considered the carbon footprint of their show, including the impact of their marketing and travel options. The company founders, Simon Christian and Melissa Dalton, received a hand-crafted piece from Glasgow based designer, Chris Wallace, which was made with reclaimed copper wire and reclaimed roof slate.
Applications were open to all Fringe shows, with application whittled down to a shortlist of 18, then five finalists were picked and a winner selected. Four other finalists were also recognised at the ceremony for their significant contribution to sustainable practice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These were:
Home Sweet Garden by Asylon Theatre at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – John Hope Gateway
Last Resort by 2 Magpies Theatre at Summerhall
Me and My Bee by This Egg and the Pleasance at Pleasance Courtyard
Tribe by Temper Theatre at ZOO Southside