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

Today London saw the opening of the Jellyfish Theatre, a remarkable new performance venue made entirely from donated, free and recycled materials. Reused shipping pallets, recycled nails, old school furniture, and donated wood scraps have been used to construct this organic 120-seat temporary auditorium, which is located a mere 10 minutes' walk from the Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames. While some see the Jellyfish Theatre as "junkitecture" others see the handmade, recycled theatre as a work of art -- read on for a look at London's newest performance space and tell us your take in the comments!

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.


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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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