Shortlist Announced for 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award!

12th August 2017

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2017: the award for sustainability at the world’s largest arts festival.

The award is a collaboration between Scotland-based Creative Carbon Scotland and the North American-based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. Each year it is given to a production that exhibits high quality artistic integrity and engages its audience and company in the topic of sustainability. It celebrates different approaches to sustainable practice, both in content and in the physical production of shows, and rewards those that take responsibility for their environmental impact and think creatively about how the arts can help grow a sustainable world.

This year the number and quality of applications was exceptionally high. Productions completed a comprehensive application toolkit, which challenged them on many approaches and angles on sustainability, as well as offering guidance and advice to productions still developing their practice.

Open to any of the 3,398 shows performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, applicants where whittled down to a shortlist of only 18 shows. Those shortlisted are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • A Great Fear of Shallow Living by In Tandem Theatre Company at Zoo Southside
  • Changelings by Pucqui Collaborative at theSpace on North Bridge
  • Dreaming Amidst Thorns by Kaleidoscope Theatre at Quaker Meeting House
  • Form by Rendered Retina at Pleasance Dome
  • Home Sweet Garden by Asylon Theatre at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – John Hope Gateway
  • I Am A Tree by Jamie Wood at Assembly George Square Theatre
  • Last Resort by 2 Magpies Theatre at Summerhall
  • Letters From Earth by NewGround Theatre Dance Company at Greenside @ Infirmary Street
  • Me and My Bee by This Egg and the Pleasance at Pleasance Courtyard
  • Plan B for Utopia by Joan Clevillé Dance at the Pleasance Courtyard
  • Programmed by Justin Lavash at C Primo
  • The Hero Who Overslept by Bravebeard Productions and Fringe Management at Gilded Balloon at the Rose Theatre.
  • The Pit Ponies’ Penultimate Life Drawing Class by UndrGround Bird / Rupert Smith at Paradise in the Vault
  • The Time Machine by Dyad Productions at Assembly Roxy
  • Towers of Eden by Outland Theatre at theSpace on the Mile
  • Tribe by Temper Theatre at Zoo Southside
  • Van Gogh Find Yourself #VGFY by Walter DeForest / PBH’s Free Fringe at Natural Food Kafe
  • Whales by Binge Culture at Assembly George Square Theatre

Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland, said:

“It’s exciting to see such a range of approaches to sustainability demonstrated by companies coming to the Fringe. The quality gets higher each year and the depth of commitment and understanding is greater, both in the way people produce their shows and the content of them. I’m very pleased that CCS is able to join our colleagues at the CSPA and the List to highlight this hard work by so many companies.”

Ian Garrett, Director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, said:

“In addition to watching the award grow and the ever-increasing quality of the shows which are submitted, we’re grateful to all applicants for providing key information to understanding sustainable trends and areas of future improvement across the festival. With the many initiatives growing across the fringe, it’s heartening to share that not only are we seeing more and more conscientious work, but everyone involved is have a real and visible impact on this massive arts marketplace.”

Each shortlisted show will be reviewed by a selected international judging panel, before the final winner is announced on 25 August 2017 at a ceremony hosted at Scotland’s national home of poetry: The Scottish Poetry Library. An organisation itself extremely committed to environmental sustainability, and a member of the Green Arts Initiative, the venue will play host to a performance by poet Harry Giles, and the winner will receive a unique (and sustainable) award piece, crafted by local maker, Chris Wallace.

The Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice award is run by Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, together with their sponsors PR Print and Design, and with media partnership from The List magazine. For further information please contact

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