three bharatanatyam dancers striking a sitting pose under red light with a background of white plastic cans


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.

The show toured venues across the UK in 2022 and 2023.

Please see below for 2024 tour dates. For more information please contact

Download the tech pack below for detailed information about the show. To request more information or enquire about touring this work please get in touch, email

The Spring 2022 tour took place at: Polka Theatre, Wimbledon from 6 April to 8 May 2022 and Watermans Art Centre, Brentford on 15 May 2022.

The show toured again in Oct and Nov 2023 in London, Ipswich, Woking, Coventry, Oxford and Leicester.

“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

2024 Tour

6 & 7 April

11:30am and 2:30pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
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Accessible, Relaxed performances

(Part of the ‘Spring Family Fun’ season)

22 April

10:15am and 12:15pm
UCL East – Marshgate

For UCL’s partner schools only

(Part of the Earth Day celebrations)

“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


Creative Team

Direction and ChoreographySuba Subramaniam
Sound Artist and ComposerKathy Hinde
Sound and Technical ArtistMatt Olden
Set DesignersBrian Hartley and Jesal Patel
Lighting DesignersAideen Malone and Ben Cowens
Costume DesignerBrian Hartley
Creative Consultant for D/deaf AudiencesRamesh Meyappan
ProducerBelinda Sculley
Rehearsal DirectorsKamala Devam and Archita Kumar
Production ManagerSimon Beyer, Jordan Whitwell
Stage ManagerMeg Le Marchant

Supported by

Originally Co-produced by

Polka Theatre logo in red

Performance Credits

Anekha Pillai
Kirsten Newell
Mithun Gill

Media Credits

ImagesBrian Hartley
TrailerJustin Jones
LocationCourtesy of Polka Theatre and Harrow Arts Centre

Spring 2022 Credits

CastAnjana Bala, Shivaangee Agrawal, Shyam Dattani
ProducerMatt Borgatti
Production ManagerAdam Crosthwaite
Costume DesignerRachana Jadhav
Original co-producerPolka Theatre

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