Gallery: London’s Jellyfish Theatre Made From Pallets Opens Today!

Both of the plays that will take place inside the theatre are about how people deal with their lives after a political and environmental catastrophe.
Both of the plays that will take place inside the theatre are about how people deal with their lives after a political and environmental catastrophe.

The Jellyfish Theatre opens today with an eco-themed play called Oikos (pronounced “ee-kos”, the Greek root for economy and ecology) by Simon Wu. The piece will be followed by Protozoa by Kay Adshead. Both plays deal with people rebuilding their lives after an environmental and political catastrophe, which goes along nicely with a building constructed out of found materials. The project is a bit of a warning against uncertain times and even an example of what we might have to resort to for future architecture.

Over 800 shipping pallets and 750 sq meters of plywood and other material were donated to construct the theatre. Old-school furniture serves as the seats inside the auditorium, and reused five-gallon water jugs are stacked together to form the wall of the lounge. Pallets, which came from the nearby Covent Gardent market, were stacked and hung vertically, while plywood covers the walls, roof and floors. Although the materials may have started out as junk, when you reuse them, they are no longer junk – they become useful building materials.

The idea for the recycled pallet theatre sprung from the minds of the Red Room’s artistic director, Topher Campbell, and its producer, Bryan Savery two years ago. Martin Kaltwasser and his wife, Folke Köbberling were brought on to design and construct the theatre, which followed a loosely-definied plan was largely constructed on-the-fly according to whatever materials were available. Volunteer architects, builders and other members of the nearby community have put in over 4,200 hours of work since they started construction nine weeks ago. Although we’ve seen plans for shipping pallet theaters before, the Jellyfish Theatre is the first to be built.

+ The Jellyfish Theatre

Via The Guardian

photo credits: ©Oikos Project


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  1. Trix June 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I’m not ealsiy impressed. . . but that’s impressing me! :)

  2. Vinny May 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    More posts of this qliuaty. Not the usual c***, please

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  4. MimiK August 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    As a theatre person, what I most love about this is the total integration of the building with the plays. This could be the seed of a whole new idea of what \”eco-theater\” needs to be, a totally integrated \”eco-drama production process.\”

    I also love that the theatre building looks more like back stage than stage. Fantastic. Inspiring.

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