PLASA 2019: Unusual leads Circular debate
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
tom-harperTom Harper will lead a session which aims to explore how 'circular' the live production industry really is
UK - Unusual Rigging's Tom Harper will lead a session hosted by SiPA at PLASA 2019 which aims to explore how 'circular' the live production industry really is.
The session which takes place on 15 September at 14.00 will look at how the industry needs to decouple 'show business' from the highly wasteful, energy intensive and inefficient consumption of finite resources.
Tom, a director at Unusual Rigging as well as the company's circular economy lead, recently completed his MBA in circular economy innovation and is passionate to drive forward system shifts to ensure an effective transition towards an economic model that is regenerative by design.
"This isn't just about what we at Unusual Rigging can do – although we are very much trying to lead by example. It's about working with the entire industry in order to radically reduce consumption levels. We are locked in a system in which everything favours the linear model of production and consumption where we 'take, make and waste'. But there are things that the live production industry can be doing to drive forward the transition to a Circular Economy – we'll use this session to identify those things and figure out how we can accelerate this transition."
Unusual's Emily Egleton will join the panel alongside Carol Scott from Tait, John Winters from the National Theatre and Dr Greg Lavery from Rype Office. Emily will be touching on the innovations preserving the 'technosphere'.
Emily commented: "It's looking at designing for disassembly, designing for durability and establishing robust reverse networks in the value chain that can be fully recovered, refurbished and reused – thereby closing the loop. This has been at the forefront of our work at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane which is currently undergoing massive refurbishment works."
Tom added: "Since pushing forward with this model of business at Unusual, we now have a team member on site whose job it is to sift through the material we reclaim from site and to identify all the items that can be reused."
He concluded: "We are really looking forward to a lively and informative discussion and debate with the delegates who attend our session at PLASA. We're confident it will encourage questions and start the ball rolling for many other companies within the industry to get on board, while promising to be both lively and inspiring."
(Jim Evans)

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