Hard Rubbish

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Education

Suitable For: Years 3 to VCE

Best fit: Year 3-6

Curriculum Prompts: The Arts; The Humanities; Interdisciplinary Learning; VCE Drama and Theatre Studies

Themes and Motifs: Consumerism (Old vs. New); Puppetry; Recycling, reuse and green themes; Performance without text; Comedy

Language: A puppetry performance with no spoken language.

Warnings: Nothing, great for everyone.

Media

Download the Season 2013 Media Release or contact Media Manager Maria O’Dwyer.

Hard Rubbish

12 September - 6 October
Beckett Theatre
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It’s tough to compete with a slender, blonde Scandinavian!

The furniture gets furious in this new show for the whole family from the award-winning Men of Steel. Soon to be replaced by Swedish flat-packs armed with allen keys, a pile of unloved old furniture learns it’s destined for the council tip. As the hour of their removal approaches, the hard rubbish comes out swinging against their Nordic counterparts. With wrestling armchairs and pirate toilets, this will be a battle for the ages!

Bringing new meaning to the term ‘moving house’, these wildly inventive object puppeteers will have the young, and young at heart, rethinking the most ordinary household objects.

A tale of reusing and recycling, Hard Rubbish playfully questions our 21st Century habit of acquiring shiny new item after the latest toy. With a little creativity there might be more life in our old goods yet!

Bring the kids! Suitable for ages 5 to 105.

Tickets from $20. Family pass $120. 

Read the program
Watch the trailer
Watch ‘How to Make a Plastic Bag Puppet

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Magnify Your Experience

 Family Crafternoons
Saturday 21 September, Thursday 26 September & Thursday 3 October
Specifically for families, an adventure in recycling, mash-ups and lively chaos in and around The Malthouse.

TTT: Time to Talk
Wednesday 25 September, following the 11am performance of Hard Rubbish.

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In the Press

Reviews
The Australian 
Herald Sun (4 stars) 
The Age (4 stars)
The Guardian (4 stars)

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Credits

Malthouse Theatre, Strut & Fret and Men of Steel present
HARD RUBBISH
Original Concept Men of Steel
Created by Hamish FletcherJared LewisPhillip McInnesIan PiddTamara RewseSam Routledge, Malia Walsh

Photography: Scottie Cameron, Art Direction: Chase & Galley

Run Time approx. 60 minutes

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Support

The 2013 Company in Residence, Men of Steel, is supported by The Danielle & Daniel Besen Foundation.

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(4 stars) great family entertainment for the school holidays, as much fun for adults as children
— The Age
It's all so delightful and crazily inventive … Beg, borrow or steal a child if you have to. Or, damn it, just steel yourself and go it alone.
— The Australian