2000 litres of water will be used to create the rain effect in
tonight's performance of Baal.
To create the effect, a water system has been constructed that
consists of two 2000L offstage tanks that are pumped through a
sprinkler system in a grid above the stage.
The water that showers down during the performance mixes with
approximately 500 mL of stage blood- made of glucose, boiled water,
chinese red food dye, vanilla essence, and browning essence.
Under the stage is a capture tank and after each performance the
water is run through sand and UV filters back to the offstage
storage tanks. The water is filtered and recycled for 8
performances, and replaced each week.
When Baal was performed in Melbourne, the water was used
in the Malthouse Theatre garden. However, Sydney Theatre Company
doesn't have a garden on the Wharf. Thankfully, City of Sydney
supports sustainable water use and has agreed to use this water in
our City parks.
As part of our Greening the Wharf program, STC's Green Design
Policy helps each production be as sustainable as possible through
use of products and processes that reduce our impact on the
environment. And that's before our innovative rainwater harvesting
system is completed in July.
Sustainable Sydney 2030 is the City's plan for the development of
the City for the next 20 years and beyond. They aim to reduce the
drinking water council uses, promote water-saving solutions to
businesses and residents, improve stormwater quality to keep
pollutants out of our waterways, and develop an alternative,
sustainable water supply for the City.
Baal, Wharf 1 Theatre, 7 May - 11 June, 2011.