FanSHEN is a performing arts charity that uses theatre to help people imagine what they haven’t thought of yet. Its work promotes ideas of environmental, social and financial sustainagility. The company is co-founder of Small Fish in a Big Green Sea, a group of small-scale theatre companies and artists which meets monthly to discuss issues and explore innovation around theatre and sustainability.
The charity’s show ‘GreenandPleasantLand’ presents a greener way of life that is happier and more fun. Its aim is to inspire change on a personal level by exploring themes of climate change and sustainability – raising awareness and educating young children about these important subjects. Practising what they preach – the show is performed during the daytime; the soundtrack is powered with a bicycle generator; and it is toured exclusively by train giving the show only 43% of the carbon footprint of a traditional small-scale theatre tour. It also urges audience members to travel to its shows by bike or public transport.
A small grant was provided to help enable FanSHEN to tour this successful eco-outdoor show ‘GreenandPleasantLand’ to primary schools in Wandsworth and Lambeth in June 2013. A resource pack for teachers will provide lessons for pre and post visit to consolidate the eco-learning. The theatre group will perform in 12 primary schools and reach audiences of more than 2000 children.
The ‘Liter of Light’ project uses recycled plastic bottles as solar light bulbs. The project provides energy to poor families in the Philippines and enables them to be ‘green’ as the technology is very simple and sustainable and the light is free.