Plastic Drastic Fantastic
About the work
A new dance show exploring our complex relationship – from the molecular to the planetary – with all things plastic.
Plastic. Is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful?
Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a contemporary dance theatre work for children and their families which explores our complex relationship with plastics – the fantastic possibilities they offer, as well as the drastic consequences to the environment.
Drawing from South Asian dance techniques, the artists explore plastics and the dangers of their misuse through intricate movement, gestures and play infused with interaction with the audience. The processes and stories underpinning this project have been steered by children and young people – who are at the heart of the research for this work – created in collaboration with material scientists at UCL. The show initially was co-produced with Polka Theatre.
Plastic Drastic Fantastic is an inclusive experience, accessible for D/deaf young people and children.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The show toured venues across the UK in 2022 and 2023. UK-wide 2024 tour will be announced shortly. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Excellent and stunning…”
“Breath-taking and astonishing…”
“Amazing and beautiful…”Young audience members
“I strongly recommend that parents and children catch this wonderful show.”Anita Chanda, Pulse Magazine
“It’s wonderfully refreshing to see classic South Asian dance performed so playfully and in a contemporary context.”Mary Pollard, Everything Theatre
“We can’t tell you how excited we are about this show. We’ve taken ideas from kids from all around the country to create a fun, thoughtful and engaging show exploring the good and bad of all the plastics we use in our day-to-day lives. Our South Asian dancers and creative team have developed a truly unique show we’re sure children and their families will love.”Suba Subramaniam, Director & Choreographer
|Direction and Choreography
|Sound Artist and Composer
|Sound and Technical Artist
|Brian Hartley and Jesal Patel
|Aideen Malone and Ben Cowens
|Creative Consultant for D/deaf Audiences
|Kamala Devam and Archita Kumar
|Meg Le Marchant
Originally Co-produced by
2023 Performance Credits
|Courtesy of Polka Theatre and Harrow Arts Centre
Spring 2022 Credits
|Anjana Bala, Shivaangee Agrawal, Shyam Dattani