Performance and the Environment


Welcome to the Performance and Environment website. Here, you’ll find information and resources of all kinds about The Bone Ensemble’s work that develops how theatre can engage with environmental issues. It features our latest production, Gulp! and our earlier Where’s My Igloo Gone?

Gulp! promotional poster

About the Project

Despite the increasing global awareness of the urgency of environmental issues, performance that responds to the ‘climate emergency’ remains underdeveloped. How performance can involve its audience in environmental concerns lies at the centre of this project.

The questions guiding the project are:

  • What characterises empathetic, positive dramaturgies of environmental issues?
  • How can participatory performance encourage empowering and accessible experiences for family audiences?

We have focussed on family work for deliberately small, intimate audience numbers and have been regularly funded by a range of organisations and partners, including Arts Council England, the University of Birmingham, several Trusts, and Severn Trent Water.

Where's My Igloo Gone? promotional banner

Bone Ensemble

The Bone Ensemble has been making things happen since 2002. Led by co-artistic directors Jill Dowse and Adam Ledger, we create new work that is high quality, surprising and seeks to create meaningful encounters with its audiences.

We have appeared in theatres, car parks, Austrian castles, Danish piazzas, schools, rural touring venues and galleries. Caravania! (a micronational experience in a touring caravan for audiences of 5+) toured to venues including the National Theatre and the RSC.

For more about The Bone Ensemble, please visit our website.



Adam Ledger

Adam Ledger

Dr Adam J. Ledger FHEA, FRSA is a Reader in Theatre and Performance at the University of Birmingham, and co-artistic director of The Bone Ensemble. His research centres on directing, performance practice and the creation of new work. He has published widely on theatre practice, especially directing, and significantly on the work of Odin Teatret and Eugenio Barba; he has recently published the monograph The Director and Directing: Craft, Process and Aesthetic in Contemporary Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan). Adam has directed and led performance projects internationally.

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Photograph from the Gulp! play