Set-Exchange.co.uk was set up in 2011 as a UK wide freecycle styled website for Theatre and the related creative industries. As a reaction to funding cuts and the amount of wasted useful materials we discard through our productions, we wanted to create a platform where the community could help themselves by sharing resources that they would otherwise throw away after a get out.
Our project provides an online message board to share and re-home your unwanted set, props, costumes, or anything really. We ask you to save your set from the skip and share it with others. The site is free to use, and our only conditions are that the items you chose to post are yours to give away, and that you are willing to give them away for free. You were going to throw them out anyway! Ultimately you save money in waste disposal, another company gets something they can take away and build into their next production for no cost, we reduce waste and take a much needed step towards a more sustainable industry.
To date posts have included all sorts, from auditoriums worth of seating, full sets, an ice cream van, humble masking flats, lighting equipment, show floors, carpets, sofas and rosta. Anything goes!
We actively promote sustainability, waste reduction, and the sharing of our resources across our industry. So share your set, or claim for yourself some useful items for your next production, and join with our ever growing community.