REVIEW: The Bin Men

REVIEW: The Bin Men

REVIEW: The Bin Men

First published in Entertainments

A BIN man who has a sudden moral crisis about all the rubbish he tips into the back of a truck was the premise of this lively children’s show with a strong environmental message.

Two actors and a musician appeared in this production, which attempted to show a young audience and their parents that many of the things they thoughtlessly throw away could be put to better use.

The bins themselves doubled up as drums and there were some clever puppets and props created from the discarded objects that littered the stage.

The story moved along at a nice pace, although I’m not sure all the children understood when the Bin Men, Don and Sam, were playing other characters – a few simple costumes might have helped.

With make-believe, music and a clever set, there was lots for the children to take in, even if they didn’t quite appreciate the significance of the bin man’s heart problem which led him to re-evaluate his career.

But recycling resulted in happy endings and the children particularly enjoyed the party scene with bunting made from reused plastic waste at the end.

The friendly actors were happy to talk to the audience and show them the props and costumes after the performance. And they chatted away about the environmental benefits of recycling and how materials can be reused with infectious enthusiasm, clearly enjoying the chance to share this important message with young theatre-goers.

Jill Harding


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