About Making Theatre in a Time of Climate Crisis

This is your opportunity to attend a UK sector-wide conversation about making theatre in the context of a climate crisis, using the principles of the Theatre Green Book. Hosted by the National Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre Wales.

Bringing together Directors and Artistic Directors from across the UK, the meeting will focus on the collective challenge and responsibility faced when planning productions with the green agenda at their heart. The aim is that this will be the largest ever meeting of Directors, Artistic Directors and freelance directors from across the British Isles.

Many theatres are already committing to the Theatre Green Book, with pledges being made for all productions to meet Green Book standards in the coming years. A growing number of venues and organisations are adopting the standards as a matter of policy, and it will soon not be possible to opt out of the standards when making work.

In this meeting delegates will interrogate how they, as the leaders of productions made across the nations, can guide their teams to make these standards work: to provoke and develop their artistic and ethical practices.

Order of play

The day’s purpose is to make an impact on the sector: to reflect on the issues we face and to respond by creating actionable asks.

10.30-10.55am – Arrival and registration
11-11.50am – Welcome and keynote panel
11.50am – 12.45pm – The Asks and The Challenges
12.45 – 1.45pm – Lunch break
1.45 – 3pm – Models and Antidotes
3.15 – 4.15pm – Visions: Imagining Otherwise
4.15pm onwards – Round-up and networking


For those who cannot be there in person, the option to attend via live stream is also available. NTW are opening up their office to invite any directors who are unable to attend in London, but who would like to gather with colleagues in Wales to experience the event online with them.

If you are interested, please sign up for the event via the event form below to secure your place, and email Glesni if you want to join us in the NTW office. Further details will follow.