Film star Cate Blanchett has announced plans to run the first completely off-grid mainstream theatre group.
Speaking in her home town of Sydney, where she is relaxing as she waits for five films she is starring in to be released, Blanchett is about to re-focus on theatre, and turn the Sydney Theatre Company, where she and her husband, Andrew Upton, are artistic co-directors, eco-friendly. “We intend to initiate discussions with companies with the aim of making the building self-sufficient, to green the building,” Upton told a press conference. “We are talking solar panels, rainwater, the works. This would ideally generate enough power to do a whole season off-grid. This would be the first theatre company in the world to do that.”
She recently joined Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and other environmentally friendly celebrities by converting her home in the Hunters Hill district of Sydney into a “green house”, fully powered by solar energy.
She has donated a large sum to the Forest Guardians, one of the Southwest US
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