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The Greenhouse 2021 – Artistic Direction

It doesn’t need to be said again, but 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year. Bushfires, COVID, the US elections, and any number of other crises peppered in between. In contrast, 2020 seems to have been a positive year for the natural world. Wildlife returned and reclaimed places from which it had been forced out. There is a growing environmental consciousness amongst populations who have been turning to green spaces in these tumultuous times.

I say it seems to have been a positive year because we must see the wood for the trees. COVID has been an undeniable tragedy with a massive human cost. A cost that will only grow as innocents continue to be sacrificed at the altar of the economy. This is a fact that cannot, nor should not be avoided.

If 2020 was a time of tragedy, however, we must make 2021 a time of hope. Hope of overcoming this terrible disease, but hope beyond that too. As the gears of the capitalist machine have repeatedly ground to a halt over the last twelve months, we have caught a glimpse of the world beyond. A world where we don’t have to spend four hours a day on buses and trains just to get to work. A world where we have time for the things and the people we truly care about. A world where community and compassion come first.

Rest assured, friends, the sudden re-appearance of care and love and hope was not a symptom of the virus. They are flowers that began to bud as we paused just briefly, giving ourselves a moment outside our seemingly endless cycle of growth. Imagine how they might flourish at any other time. Not surrounded by catastrophe, but rather when we decide to step aside, and let the sun come streaming in.

We have seen that the cycle is not endless – we have seen what happens when it ends. Far from falling in to catastrophe, we have lifted each other up. It is possible to live in a kinder, fairer world. Has it taken tradegdy for us to realise it? Maybe. But it is now staring at us in the face. And we must not let this past year be in vain. It can mean something. It can propel us to a better future for everyone. A future where it doesn’t take a nation-wide lockdown for us to start saying ‘hello’ to our neighbours.

In setting our Artistic Direction for 2021, we aim to embody all this. We stand fast beside our roots in climate conscious theatre, and we add the knowledge that, compared to this time last year, everyone is viewing the world a little differently. There is potential for fear. There is potential to return to ‘life as normal.’ But there is also potential for a brighter future – a more connected, more active, more hopeful future. A future The Greenhouse will fight for. One performance at a time.

Hopeful

This is not ‘happy-clappy-woodland-creatures-life-is-but-a-fairy-tale’ kind of hopeful. We’re not just looking for happy endings. The world can be bleak – the world has been bleak recently. But if we didn’t genuinely believe things could be better, there wouldn’t be much reason to get out of bed in the morning. In 2021, our programme will make our audience hopeful. It will help them realise the power they hold, and the role they can play in bringing about the future they want to see.

Underpinning everything we create and display is the idea that things can be different.

Active

Our work should not just sit back and wait for audiences to engage. There’s already been enough waiting around this year. In 2021, work at The Greenhouse will seek new ways to connect with our audience. It will engage them in conversation and debate on topics they care about. Ultimately, it will inspire them, while giving them tools and knowledge to take action. So they don’t just feel they want to build a better future – they can start taking steps to make that future a reality.

Work at The Greenhouse will make active partners out of passive spectators.

Connected

Let’s face it, we’ve all been missing social interaction over the last year. And whilst we can’t put that right with just one show, we certainly can try. In 2021, our work will feel particularly immediate, intimate, and human. It will build meaningful connections between audiences and performers that will last well after a show has ended. The theatre itself – and the work presented within it – will become a highly social space, and absolutely everyone will feel a sense of belonging there.

Visiting The Greenhouse will always bring a sense of togetherness and belonging.

Announcements

The Greenhouse 2020 – Cancellation

Just two months ago, it seemed impossible that The Greenhouse would not be opening its doors for 2020. After a smash-hit success with our pilot in 2019, we have been working around the clock to create a project that was more ambitious, more exciting, and sparked more sustainable action.

However, a lot has changed over the last two months – many things far greater than our humble eco-theatre. So, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of our 2020 season. Although our venue is small, we believe that this is the best decision not just for public health, but to show support and solidarity for those whose lives have come to a halt as a result of this crisis, for any reason.

In this dark and challenging time, we extend our hearts and our thanks to everyone who is keeping the world running – from medical professionals to supermarket workers. We also extend our gratitude to artists, past and present, who are playing no small role in keeping us entertained during our time in isolation. We recognise there is not a single person who is experiencing this time without hardship. It’s crucial to remember the role that each and everyone one of us is currently playing, and the daily tragedies we may all experience.

Whilst this crisis has certainly put a financial burden on us and many others in the arts – largely due to the government’s mishandling of public-space closures – there are certainly many who are suffering even more. Coronavirus is disproportionately affecting people in low-income brackets, and members of ethnic minority communities. If you are in a position where you can donate some money, these are the places where it would make the most difference. Consider Turn2Us, a national charity fighting poverty. Or alternatively, consider giving some food to your local food bank.

Yet despite this, we are trying to take some positives from this time in isolation, and we want to help you do the same. We have recently launched a YouTube series called Staying Green in Quarantine, designed to help you build sustainable habits both for now and for the future. You can expect to see videos twice a week, as well as photos and blog posts to help you develop your sustainable skillset while having fun. Whether you want to be more sustainable, or you’re just looking for valuable things to do with your time at home, we’d love for you to check it out.

We will endeavour to bring you the same season in 2021 as we were originally planning to this year, and we hope to present some work this autumn as well – keep your eyes on the website and our social media channels for updates. Who knows what the future holds at the moment? But whatever happens, we remain dedicated to building a brighter, fairer, more sustainable future.

In the meantime, we wish you and everyone you love all the best in these trying times. We are seeing a tragedy unfold before us. We hope, with this imposed pause on everyone’s daily routine, that it is a chance to stop and reflect on the world as it currently is, and consider what we can all do to make it a little better. The cost is far too great, but we must at least make some good from this.

Stay safe,

The Greenhouse Team

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