Opera North’s Alcina: setting the standard for sustainable productions
Opera North have started their 2022 season with a bang, staging Alcina as their first fully sustainable main stage production at Leeds Grand Theatre. The production has been guided by the principles set out in the award-winning sustainability standard, the Theatre Green Book.
The set and costumes have integrated recycled, reused and second-hand materials, and the environmental footprint associated with sourcing and moving resources as part of the production’s tour has also been considered, pooling deliveries to reduce transport emissions.
Speaking to The Stage, Kieron Docherty, Opera North’s Technical and Production Designer, outlines the process by which materials are sourced, reusing in the first instance: “repurposing and repainting old stock to fit with Hannah Clark’s design; and similarly with the costumes and wigs, to look actually at what we’ve got, what we can reuse”. If reuse isn’t an option, materials have been sourced second-hand, and lastly from recycled resources.