Production and Touring Resources

Touring and Lighting are the two greatest areas where Productions can improve their energy efficiency.

Click on the Touring sub-menu to access the suite of resources about Energy Efficient Touring, and check out our Lighting and Sound Resources below.

The Energy Efficient Stage Lighting Fact Sheet is an introductory resource developed to outline the basics of energy efficient stage lighting. The objective of the fact sheet is to support steps by technical professionals to integrate energy efficiency into our theatres and onto our stages.

The Energy Efficient Lighting Design Checklist has been developed to support the integration of energy efficient design aspects into the lighting of stage productions. The purpose of the document is to provide Lighting Designers with an easy to use list of considerations that may help to achieve balance between energy consumption and visual artistic outcomes.

The Stage Lighting Design Guide builds on the Energy Efficient Stage Lighting Fact Sheet and aims to provide a more in depth overview of energy efficient stage lighting design opportunities.

For an example of how even the biggest lighting rig can be energy efficient, read the King Kong Case Study.

In the live performance industry LEDs are extensively used as house and stage lighting, and now we are seeing increasing application of LED screens on stages and at concerts and festivals. The Rise of LED Screens on Performance Stages Fact Sheet provides Lighting Designers with comparative information on the use of traditional theatre flats, projection equipment and LED screens. There are numerous pros and cons for each of these aspects and their enhancement of the artistic piece, each profiled within. Our primary focus is the comparable difference in energy consumption of LED Screens versus Projection.

Sound systems are powered using electricity from temporary generators or mains power. Energy costs – electricity, diesel and transport fuels - are continuing to increase; therefore it is important for technical teams to integrate more energy efficiency aspects when planning performance sound. The Energy Efficient Sound Fact Sheet has been designed to provide entry level information for Production Managers, Festival Coodinators and Venue Managers, when engaging with sound system specialists about energy efficiency.

The key to success with energy efficiency is to identify priorities and possible barriers before production begins. This means taking up the challenge of collectively embracing energy efficiency as a non-negotiable element of the production process.  

The Management Guide on Integrating Energy Efficiency into Production Contracts was created to help producers and their teams integrate energy efficiencies into their productions, and includes a Sample Contract Insert.