Amid the worldwide campaign of denouncing the use of plastics to save Mother Earth, Rose Theatre Kingston announced its commitment to stop using single-use plastic products within the venue as part of its continued efforts to become a greener organization, through an official release.
The company has already taken a number of steps towards reducing its single-use plastic products within the venue. “These include: replacing all single-use plastic bottles with glass bottles, providing biodegradable, eco-friendly plastic cups with optional biodegradable plant-based covers, replacing all plastic packaging for sweets with biodegradable plant-based packaging, replacing all single-use plastic cutlery with biodegradable plant-based plastic, introduction of biodegradable straws and only giving these out upon request,” says the release.
Rose Theatre Kingston will also implement additional strategies to eradicate single-use plastic in the venue and also with the aim to contribute toward changing staff and audience’s day-to-day habits. This includes, selling eco-friendly coffee cups in the venue and the introduction of a money-off scheme when using reusable containers for hot drinks. The theater would encourage all staff to drink from reusable mugs and water bottles and refrain from using plastic bags.
Robert O’Dowd, Chief Executive at Rose Theatre Kingston, said, “Anyone who has seen the last series of ‘The Blue Planet’ has now realized the shocking impact of plastic in our oceans. The Rose is committed to reducing its contribution and aims to be an organization that leads in confronting the issue of plastic pollution.”
Founded by Sir Peter Hall, and modeled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside, Rose Theatre Kingston is the largest producing theater in South West London.
“Since opening in 2008, the Rose has collaborated with a range of directors, playwrights and producing partners to create vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions. Recent works include the first stage adaptation and world premiere of Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend,” directed by Melly Still, Zach Helm’s ‘Good Canary,’ directed by John Malkovich, John Barton and Peter Hall’s Shakespeare adaptation ‘Wars of the Roses,’ directed by Trevor Nunn.
Upcoming productions include world premiere of Nick Dear’s double bill “Hogarth’s Progress” and a major revival of Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos” starring Tom Burke.
The Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions as well as from hosting the work of renowned theater companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Headlong, English Touring Theatre, Peter Brook, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and Sheffield Theatres.