Last summer, BoxedIn Theatre created The Greenhouse – the first ever zero-waste performance venue that the UK has ever seen. It’s mission was simple – we wanted to demonstrate that living and creating sustainably is easier than most people think. We sparked discussion and debate around climate change through our shows, while using our programme of workshops to provide practical skills on living and working sustainably.
But you know all that right? You’ve seen it all over our website and our social media. You’re here for the nitty gritty aren’t you? The real benefits. The proper reasons to join The Greenhouse team. Can’t blame you – I mean, it looks so awesome already, there are bound to be some more perks! We’ve put together a list of the top 5 things about working with The Greenhouse.
If they seem exciting and you feel like you just can’t hold back from working with us – good news! We’re currently recruiting for a new Head of Marketing and Deputy Head of Marketing. Applications close at 23:59 on Thursday 31st of October (just over a week) – click here to go to the “Work With Us” section of our website and find out more!
The planet’s dying.
Wow no holding back there huh? Yes, as it turns out, we’re doing some pretty bad damage to the environment at the moment. The IPCC predicted in 2018 that we have between 12 and 32 years to move towards a net-zero carbon economy to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
We’re choosing to look at that as a positive though – there’s still plenty of time to make a real, deep difference. The Greenhouse is engaging artists and audiences with that process, providing practical opportunities to explore a more environmental approach in both life and work. The arts are uniquely poised to engage people with climate change, changing hearts and minds for a brighter, more sustainable future.
It’s a space to experiment.
As the first ever zero-waste venue in the UK, The Greenhouse is breaking quite a lot of new ground. There are precedents and examples to draw on, sure, but one of the really exciting things about this is it forces us to get creative and experiment!
From our marketing strategy to our design process, even down to the way we create our shows, The Greenhouse is built upon one crazy idea, so we’re always really excited to try even more crazy ideas! If it works – great, we’ve set a precedent for something new and sustainable! If it doesn’t – great, we’ve narrowed down the field! It’s a win-win, really. The Greenhouse institutionally creates space for the amazing and talented people we work with to roll the dice. Because we’ve found that when we support that, nine times out of ten we’re coming up sixes anyway.
Talks, workshops and volunteer events!
Interested in learning more about the climate crisis and how theatre can help to stop it? Working with the Greenhouse gives you front-row access to a programme of talks and workshops from various different theatre makers and sustainability professionals throughout the planning process and when the venue is open. It’s a great way to meet more of the BoxedIn family, and to learn even more about the world around us and how we can help it!
There’s also a programme of health, well-being, and social events that we run whenever the venue is open to help make sure everyone is having a good time and feels connected to the project. Anything from pot-lucks to group walks, you can come to as many or as few as you like!
Making theatre about any hot topic is incredibly important. But too often have theatre makers been allowed to get away with not practicing what they preach. At BoxedIn and The Greenhouse, we’re not a huge fan of that. While we’re raising awareness for environmental issues, we’re also practicing what we preach, enacting sustainable practice at absolutely every level of our organisation.
It’s something we’ve been doing for a while, and it’s really exciting to see other young companies taking this approach as well. This way we can both spark discussion around an issue AND act as an example of best practice around that issue!
The Bi-Annual BoxedIn Theatre Awards.
And last, but by no means least, who could forget the Bi-Annual BoxedIn Theatre Awards. Twice a year, every year, all the amazing people from the BoxedIn family get together for one absolutely colossal knees-up. Like a staff party on steroids.
It’s a chance to recognise all the amazing work that everyone has done to date, and to truly let our hair down after a few months of long hours and hard work. It includes food and drink, personalised prizes, games, and a well-earned boogie. Honestly, if you’re not joining for anything else, join for the party. It never disappoints.
So here are our top 5 reasons to join the team for The Greenhouse and help make a really positive change both in the arts and the wider world. Sound like something you’re interested in? We’re still looking for a new Head of Marketing and Deputy Head of Marketing – get more information here!