Green Arts Initiative Spotlight: Gin & Tonic Productions Limited

12th August 2014

We’ve recently had the privilege of welcoming Gin & Tonic Productions Limited to the Green Arts Initiative and are quite …

We’ve recently had the privilege of welcoming Gin & Tonic Productions Limited to the Green Arts Initiative and are quite pleased with their commitment to sustainability. The following Q&A offers some insights into their practice-

CCS: What is your most recent action related to sustainable operations or programming?

G&T: Recently, we’ve done a little work to encourage our audience to attend our performances in a sustainable way. We’ve been using social media to encourage eco-friendly modes of transportation to get to and from a performance (we’d recommend walking or, if you’re daring, a bicycle during the Fringe) and our venue, theSpace on North Bridge, have also been doing their best to encourage recycling – whether it be food and drink or one of the many flyers one is passed on the Royal Mile, our’s included.

CCS: What have you most enjoyed about being a member of the Green Arts Initiative?

G&T: We’re very new to the Green Arts Initiative but we’re very proud of our participation and look on the initiative as a great motivation to cut down on our emissions or be more sustainable with our printing and purchasing. We’ve been busy measuring the impact our recent tour to the Brighton Fringe Festival had and we’re looking forward to working hard to reduce this impact next year.

CCS: What are you most eager about for the 2014 summer festivals season?

G&T: There are two many things we could list here. I think the highlights for us so far would be receiving two ★★★★ reviews (from Broadway Baby and FreshAir Radio), fabulous audiences in our opening week and the atmosphere generally. This being our first production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we’re very eager to get our name out there and to showcase the talent Edinburgh has to offer to a wider audience.

CCS: Do you have a top tip for new GAI members?

G&T: Make use of the tools provided by Julie’s Bicycle – they offer such a simple and intuitive way of measuring impact using figures you didn’t think were useful. Similarly, the Green Arts Initiative action plans can provide some really great ideas for being sustainable as a company in ways you’ve never previously considered.

Gin & Tonic Productions Limited is producing ‘Hamlet’ at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36) during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with performances August 1st-23rd (except Sundays) at 22.25. 

Image credit: Philippa Oliver/Gin & Tonic Productions Limited

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