Greening the Theatre Royal
Help us on our green journey
There are a number of baby step initiatives that you can assist us with while visiting the theatre:
· Refill your water bottles at the available water fountains – please ask a member of staff to direct you
· Please recycle in the appropriate bins provided
Theatre Royal Waterford is now actively working to reduce its impact on the environment.
We are part of the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland’s new Greening Venues pilot project,
which is working to reduce the carbon footprint of a group of venues around the country by addressing issues such as energy usage, waste management, biodiversity, and water usage.
As part of this pilot project, we’ve conducted an environmental audit and implemented recommendations to support us in reducing the theatre’s carbon footprint and promoting sustainable artistic performance.
We have assembled a ‘Green Team’ of dedicated staff members and embarked on a series of energy efficiency and climate adaptation changes throughout the building (around the circular economy, waste management, biodiversity, and renewable energy technologies).
One of the most exciting initiatives planned is the creation of a Shakespearian-inspired ‘All the World’s a Climate Stage’ urban biodiversity garden adjacent to our landmark building. This garden is being created with the support of the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund and Business to Arts, in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.
As part of the project, artist Elaine McDonough of Newgrange Willow Design will create a large-scale willow and recycled metal pollinator sculpture in the garden, which will be designed by Eoin Dullea, Horticulturist with Waterford City & County Council. This art-in-the-public-realm will be inspired by theatrical performance and nature and will itself be populated with pollinators, acting as a natural urban habitat for insects/butterflies/birds to thrive into the future, in line with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. The sculpture and garden will be the first step in Theatre Royal’s transformational ‘green journey’ and will be in alignment with Waterford Council’s 2040 ambitions to become Ireland’s first decarbonised city.