Young people tackle the big climate change debate at Polka Theatre this autumn in a fastpaced, fact-packed new production called The Planet and Stuff, from 27 September – 26
Co-produced by Polka Theatre and Tonic Theatre, this high-octane new show for ages 9-
13 is the straight talking climate change event that brings environmental science and global
politics to life, without talking down to young people.
Created by Simon Daw, Joel Horwood and Lucy Kerbel, The Planet and Stuff takes
audiences on an interactive whistle-stop tour around the planet, covering everything
from global inequality to your own recycling, from sweet wrappers to landfill, all navigated
by two actors and local children from Polka’s Young Voices Panel.
Part live science demo, part hyperactive game show, The Planet and Stuff has all the
alarms, sirens, gunge and feathers needed to bring the debate to life!
The Planet and Stuff has been developed with local children from Polka’s Young Voices
Panel. Children aged 9 – 13 have been interviewing key players in the climate change debate, including MP Sadiq Khan and Wateraid’s Tori Timms. Footage recorded by the young people
will feature in the performance, as well as some of the panel members themselves appearing on the ‘big screen’.
Jonathan Lloyd, Artistic Director, said:
‘One of our key aims at Polka is to make young people’s voices heard on the big issues affecting their future. Climate change tops that list – our young audiences will inherit the challenges we’ve shored up for them. The Planet and Stuff promises to do what Polka does best – put on a show that is resonant and curious, but also playful, theatrical and exciting.’
Lucy Kerbel, co-creator of The Planet and Stuff, said:
‘Children are brilliant at asking difficult questions about why the world is how it is. So we
deployed a crack team of Wimbledon’s most inquisitive 9 to 13 year olds to interview climate
change scientists, activists, campaigners and politicians. The show we’ve made off the back of this examines the change that children – and their difficult questions – can bring about.’
Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, London, a professional children’s theatre for ages 0 – 13, is holding a fantastic new production about climate change for young people, called The Planet and Stuff.
The show is aimed at children aged 9 – 13 school children and their schools from 27 September – 26 October.
The Planet and Stuff takes audiences on an interactive whistle-stop tour around the planet, covering everything from global inequality to your own recycling, from sweet wrappers to landfill, all navigated by two actors and local children who have interviewed key players in the climate change debate as content for the show.
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