Bedlam Theatre & the Environment

The Edinburgh University Theatre Company is aiming to raise environmental awareness to its members and audience, as well as implementing sustainable management of the Bedlam Theatre. We routinely attempt to reduce our environmental impact through correct and responsible recycling of waste, sensible electrical usage and sustainable behaviour.

As of the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bedlam Theatre has become a part of the Green Venues Initiative Project. Our participation introduces commitments to sustainability such as waste and electricity monitoring, eco-friendly travelling solutions for Fringe staff and raising awareness among our members. More information about the Green Venues Initiative can be found here.

Bedlam Theatre was also an official participant in the 2012-2013 Edinburgh Sustainability Awards, a programme run by the University’s Sustainability Office, in partnership with the National Union of Students, and targeting campus buildings in an attempt to encourage change towards a more sustainable management. The company secured a Bronze Award for their sustainability efforts, presented at the 2013 Edinburgh Sustainability Awards ceremony in Teviot Row House. In 2013-2014, Bedlam is aiming for Silver or Gold awards, as well as maintaining its new environmental standards.

In October 2013, Bedlam Theatre received the entertaining sustainability Award for Venue Sustainability, as part of the inaugural Technical Theatre Awards presented at PLASA London. This national award recognized the theatre’s efforts to raise awareness of its sustainability initiatives, as well as a strong commitment to environmentally friendly building management.

We have strong ties with the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability and Creative Carbon Scotland, and are expanding our horizons by building links within the green theatre scene, as we have done with Arcola Theatre, White Light, Julie’s Bicycle and many others.

If you are interested in further information about Bedlam’s sustainability initiatives,
please contact the Sustainability Co-ordinator.