Reset Scenery is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing the Scottish Entertainment Industry with an environmentally responsible circular alternative to landfill for its unwanted scenery, props and furniture.
It was founded in 2018 by professional scenic fabricators Matt Doolan and Simon Cook who often felt like they were “building for the skip” due to the fast paced, short production cycles common to the Stage, Screen and Events sectors. This high waste environment motivated them to find better uses for the hundreds of tonnes of scenery created and lost to landfill in Scotland every year.
Reset Scenery’s core aims are:
To create and facilitate a specialist circular marketplace specific to the stage, screen and events sectors in Scotland, helping them to retain & reuse valuable resources
To raise the visibility and increase the availability of high-quality scenic items, providing fair access to all levels, creating a cascade high quality scenery from the largest commercial producers to the smallest community groups.
To responsibly and safely de-construct items that have reached the end of their usability ensuring all viable materials are retained for further use, whilst all residual waste is properly separated and sent to the correct industrial recycling stream, significantly reducing the volume of resources & materials lost to landfill every year
To promote and encourage engagement in circular economy practices and principles across all scales of the Scottish creative industries by providing example, encouragement and collaboration opportunities
To provide a range of green fabrication training & job opportunities, creating new pathways into the creative industries
To foster the next generation of green arts practitioners by providing public primary and secondary schools free access to our full stock of resources and materials
Reset Scenery offers a number of services to assist companies in moving towards cleaner, greener productions.
Sales & Hires
We hold a huge range of reclaimed scenic items available for sale or hire at prices that are typically 45% cheaper than having them fabricated from scratch, saving you money and carbon.
Check out our stock page to see what’s available in our warehouse today.
Whether it’s the venue at the end of your tour, a soundstage or even your stores we can clear it for you ensuring that your unwanted scenery will be handled and repurposed responsibly. We will work closely with you to set bespoke terms of reuse, giving you peace of mind that your original design and IP are protected.
When an item of scenery has no further uses we will break it down, separating the mix of materials used to create it, recovering as much viable material as possible for future builds and ensuring the remainder ends up in the right recycling stream rather than a mixed waste landfill skip.
To help small scale, community and school groups make the most of our resources, we offer training in the use of hand and power tools, construction techniques and the fundamentals of scenery, all tailored to your needs and existing skill level, fostering the next generation of sustainable artists.
Not sure how green your set is? We can help you calculate the carbon costs associated with your scenery, helping you select more sustainable materials for your production.
Technical Director of
This is a much needed and long overdue addition to the production ecology of Scotland...
...It is only right that all of us in involved in the theatre and film production industry in Scotland make far better use of these precious resources in the challenging times ahead. Reset Scenery could not have been formed at a more important time to provide an essential link between the original creators and future potential customers.
Technical Director of National Theatre of Scotland
They are promoting a best practice circular economy that we desperately need to be following to fight the growing climate crisis, and their plans to incorporate pathways into the sector through employment and training into their remit can only be good news...
...Reset Scenery is a vital cog in that mechanism. I hope that we can continue to grow our relationship with them and in turn help them to grow to be able to support and resource as many partners as possible.
Set and Costume Designer
We recently used Reset Scenery for a production of ‘ Julius Caesar' at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland...
...The whole process from the transport and storage of the tiles and the build itself was made so simple and easy with the amazing help from Simon and Matt of Reset Scenery. It saved us a lot of time/labour/money - it was such a huge help to us on a low budget show. Highly recommend!