That’s A Rubbish Idea!

A WORKSHOP TO CREATE A STORY OUT OF RECYCLED ITEMS

BY REBECCA POOLE
(5 – 11 yrs)

STET Education is delighted to offer this new programme to primary schools. Rebecca Poole (a professional British actor), has devised a workshop which gives students the opportunity to bring their imagination to the worldwide garbage problem and to be creative with the everyday things we throw away.

That’s a rubbish idea workshop, designed to educate and inspire our next generation. Waste is unavoidable but we want to provide some basic facts about the impact that rubbish is having on our world, making them aware of the problem but at the same time empowering these young minds that they have the creative answers. They will get to hear a story all about a little fish called Can and how his lucky escape with a plastic bottle leads him on a fantastic adventure that ends up making a big impact in his part of the ocean. The children will then make and create Can’s fish friends with their rubbish in small groups, then collaboratively as a class we will act out the story of Can and his friends.

Information

COST € 420 for 3 x 45 min sessions (half a day) – price negotiable, discounts for more than one half-day workshop on the same day and location.
DATE School years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022
RUNNING TIME 3 x 45 mins for age 5-9
Options for 55 mins for age 10-11
VENUE Ideally a large classroom , drama room or a smaller sports hall  
AGE RANGE 5 – 11 (content adjusted based on age)
LIMIT OF PARTICIPANTS Maximum 10 students per session with 1-2 assistants from school. We are aware that this is a very small group, but this is the only way the workshop will have its ideal effect on the participants. 
LANGUAGE Rebecca is Native English (UK)
ADVISED PREPARATIONS Gather washed recycled rubbish (bottles/fruit packaging/scrap paper/string/fruit net- from mandarins for example- pretty much anything apart from Glass. Make sure to have an assortment of large and small items.) For older students, collect the rubbish for a week, to really reiterate how much rubbish we use in a week. Optional: watch short clips/research about the effects of rubbish on our environment. 

School provides: child safety scissors, hole punchers, extra string, staple gun (for workshop leader and adults use only) Butterfly clips, pens, scrap paper, other arts and crafts material that needs using up! (no sticky tape please)

Meet the rubbish workshop leader!

Rebecca is originally from the South West of England. She trained at Bird College (Dance Conservatoire) and then Trinity College of Music in Musical Theatre. Before graduating she was snapped up by an agent and began her career on tour with a children’s musical, ‘The Gogogo Show’ and she has been making magic ever since! Credits include London Wunderground, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Growing up on the coast and as a keen surfer she was passionate about protecting her beautiful environment. Becoming a mother in 2018 has also made her re-evaluate her lifestyle and the influence she is having on the next generation. Some other plans in the pipeline include: beach cleans with her church and kayak and SUP tours litter picking (and educating) the wonderful people of Rotterdam where she lives.

Key Benefits to the Students

  • To grow confidence
  • To inspire creativity
  • To empower them as the next generation
  • To make a difference to their communities and environments
  • To tell them the truth about the problem but also show them how they have the solution

What to expect?

  • your students will be asked to pick something out of their trash cans, wash it and take it in the classroom to explore it
  • the workshop leader will ask questions like: “How does seeing this rubbish in the classroom make you feel?”
  • they will play the mysterious and funny “rubbish game”
  • they will make their own puppets and go on adventures with  them
  • they will create and perform their own rubbish story by the end of the last session

Booking and information

E: education@theenglishtheatre.nl
T: +31 6 20431919