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Kyla Davis - Well Worn Theatre Company
In 2017, Well Worn Theatre Company wrote and produced a new play entitled 'Plastocracy' as part of our three-year touring play project funded by the National Lotteries Commission. The project saw us create three new eco-theatre productions namely 'Plastocracy' in 2017 about plastic pollution, 'Galela' in 2018 about water and 'Burning Rebellion' in 2019 about Climate Justice. We do not see these issues as being separate but rather as interconnected. For our entry, we would like to present 'Plastocracy' which is a physical theatre puppet play created especially for teenage audiences. Our puppet 'Geoffrey' was built for us by acclaimed sculptor and waste-activist, Francois Knoetze (https://francoisknoetze.carbonmade.com/about) using only reclaimed and recycled plastic. 'Plastocracy' is described as a sci-fi puppet voyage to a future world of wanton waste, reminding us all that there is NO AWAY.
The production premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2017 prompting 'The Critter' to claim that ‘Plastocracy should run in every SA school’ (https://thecritter.co.za/?s=plastocracy). The play then completed a national tour of high schools in 2017 and again in 2019 and has so far been seen by over 50 000 learners and teachers. 'Plastocracy' was also nominated for a Naledi Award in 2018 and has appeared on international festival platforms including the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity Festival, The National Arts Festival, RedFest and the Hilton Festival. We also started a Facebook group and a hashtag for audiences to stay connected with the issue after having seen the show: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155065765065301/ #ThereIsNoAway.
We will continue to tour 'Plastocracy' in 2020 to anyone that will have us!
We think that 'Plastocracy' is helping to solve the plastic pollution problem by creating award-winning theatre that does not lecture or make people feel bad, but rather that engages hearts and imaginations through story. We feel strongly that people need to be able to find their own way to the issue, making connections that make sense to their own lives. No one is guilt-free when it comes to plastic pollution, we all contribute to this problem collectively. We think that 'Plastocracy' helps people to see the bigger picture in an entertaining way and is also a powerful motivating force for people to take responsibility for their own part in the plastic crisis.
These are some reviews for ‘Plastocracy’ by the audiences that matter most to us, namely, South African schools:
‘The performance was excellent, educational and relevant'.’- Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation
‘It was a fab display of environmental drama. Two thumbs way up’ – St Thomas Aquinas School
'Loved this production and the conversations it started at our school' - American International School of Johannesburg
'A stunning production. Well-rehearsed, energetic performances from multi-talented performers, lovely. The puppet was amazing! Creative concept teaching!' - Greenside High School
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