|Whilst it may be slightly early to think about what to do with your props and set once your Edinburgh production finishes, but we highly recommend Set Exchange.
A place to post your unwanted set, props and costumes and share them with the wider theatre community to re-use. Save landfill, boost your green credentials and help your fellow theatres in a time of funding cuts.
Why skip your set when you can share it?
The site was set up by Peter Harrison who, as a Production Electrician and Lighting Designer, was continually disheartened watching so many good materials and sets get thrown into a skip during a get out.
“It feels such a waste to lose a perfectly good show floor or a set of flats because a company can't afford storage or they just don't have the need for them any more. That show
floor could be re-painted and put to use in another show, that black header could become part of another theatres stock masking, or that spare timber that was propping up the the show floor
could be used to build a new props store.”
Set-Exchange.co.uk is a web based message board, where items of set, props, costumes, or anything that you no longer need, can be posted and made available to the wider Theatre community, to re-home and re-use. The concept follows that of other free recycling sites such as Freecycle.
Anyone can post an item that they no longer need. Any other member of the site is then able to reply to the posting and offer to take it away. They take responsibility for
transporting the item, but other than that they get it for nothing.
All items on the site are offered free of charge and the site is also free to use. Any postings made can be seen by following our twitter feed (@setexchange), or if you sign up to
the site you can opt to receive regular email updates of items as they are posted.
From the Fringe right up to our big subsidised companies, everyone is always looking to get the most out of their show budgets, so what if you can get your hands on that second hand show floor for free? You save yourself the cost of a new floor, the original company save the cost of disposing of it, we save the trees and we reduce landfill. Surely everyone wins? We all beg and borrow so much anyway to put on our productions. Set-Exchange.co.uk provides a platform to help this by sharing our resources.
The site is open to everyone, from Production Managers to Set Builders, Stage Managers, Designers, Carpenters and Theatre Managers. There is no acceptance policy.
The site will be officially launched on the 18th May, and it is currently up and running to allow you to take a look. Companies who are already backing the site include The Royal Court, The Arcola, The Tricycle and Glyndebourne.
For more information please visit www.set-exchange.co.uk or contact Peter Harrison.
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