Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka Productions today announces that Production Designer, Alex Noble, who has previously designed for clients including Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, is creating an entirely sustainable production design for the world première of Parakeet opening at Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall on 4 August.
Noble, who advocates and incorporates sustainable practises into his wider work, will source materials to create costumes and props from TRAID (Textile Reuse and International Development), a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. TRAID collects unwanted clothing and distributes them to a network of over 1,500 clothes banks, home collections and charity shops in turn diverting tonnes of clothes from landfill and incineration every year.
In addition, the production will be supported by Katharine Hamnett a designer committed to making clothes as ethically and environmentally friendly as possible.
Alex Noble said today,
“A collective effort towards sustainable design can drastically reduce cost and protect our planet from excessive waste. We feel it vital to reflect and encourage the conversation around climate change, that runs through the production, in the design and make positive steps towards reducing waste, and also hopefully showing people how easy it is to rely on second, third and even fourth-hand clothing.”
Parakeet is a musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers. In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and finds her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds. Parakeet is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, poetry and electronic sounds.
Alex Noble designs. As Director of Alex Noble Studios, Noble has worked on fashion, costume, styling, set installation and graphic designs for a broad range of high-profile clients. These clients include Lady Gaga, Azalea Banks, Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue, Florence and The Machine, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Vogue Homme Japan, Balmain, MTV, Glastonbury, Bestival, and TRAID. Noble was Founder and Director of EMG Initiative (2013-2017), where he raised awareness and funds for charities such as Childhope and TRAID by creating design projects from repurposed high-end waste. As Curator at Dalston Superstore (2009-2012), he selected, produced, and managed artists for shows at the east London LGBTQI cultural hub.
Paines Plough’s Roundabout @ Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL – Venue 26
31 July – 25 August 2019
Previews: 31 July & 2 August
Press Performance: Sunday 4 August, 5.05pm
Box Office: https://painesplough.com/project/roundabout
Notes to Editors
Boundless Theatre creates exhilarating, relevant and shareable theatre with and for teenagers, young adults and curious others, responding to a vibrant and diverse global culture. They promote conversation, collaboration and exchange across the UK, Europe and internationally.
The company has continued to push the boundaries of work for this audience since it was established fifteen years ago. Under Rob Drummer’s artistic direction the company has a bold new brand that celebrates the unlimited potential of our young adult audience.
Beyond their work on stage they empower and inspire teenagers and young adults through a range of opportunities across the UK. Through the Associates programme and artistic development initiatives they invest in future artists now, and empower a new generation of artists to be extraordinary.
BOOM SHAKALAKA PRODUCTIONS
Boom Shakalaka is the brainchild of Gemma Cairney, known for cultivating a dynamic and wide reaching career across broadcast and arts (BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6Music, World Service). She most recently published, Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be, a book for Young Adults.
Boom was born from an appetite for connecting people, and telling unexpected stories. The company brings together some of the best and most creative individuals from across the arts and beyond and as a result, makes memorable work.
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