First second-hand, then self-made, then store-bought
However, if we will have to buy something, we will first try to source it second-hand. Luckily, Nijmegen is the home of a very big Het Goed store, as well as other smaller second-hand shops such as Habbekrats and Basta. Nearly 70% of our costumes are second-hand, with another 20% being self-made. In such a case as it is not possible for us to find an item in a second-hand store or via websites such as marktplaats, we will make the prop, costume or decor item ourselves. Only if this is not feasible too will be buy something new.
A few impressions of our self-made props and costumes
It’s true, in the past couple of years we usually had a lot of posters and flyers left over after our performances. Sometimes piles of them! But this year we want to do it different. In fact, we will reduce our print media to a minimum.
First of all, we will only be printing a small handful of posters, not flyers at all. We have also opted to not buy physical copies of the script for The Lost Boy, which would have been sent all the way from the United States. Instead, we gave each members the option not print their script at all or have it printed collectively on recycled paper.
This point works very close together with the last one, but we want to go even further here. We want to produce our costumes, props and stage decor from sustainable materials and in such a manner that they ban be reused. An example would be the hook and sword from our Captain Hook – the hook has been made from paper and natural clay, which both are biodegradable. The sword itself has been made from paper, a metal core and an old prop from another play. It can easily be taken apart and reused differently in the future.
With every construction and items we make ourselves, we strife to make in such a way it won’t be lost after the production. We will also sell or give away all items and construction that won’t be needed anymore by us once our performances have been done.
Thinking of the future
All of these initiatives by our groups are not just for this year, though. We are planning to use many of these techniques in the next years as well to make our work and projects sustainable and reusable for many more projects to come. We hope to learn a lot from this year’s efforts.