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Konflux Theatre in Education

   
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www.konfluxtheatre.com
t : 01937 - 832740
Leeds, West Yorkshire
England

  Konflux is at the forefront of transformative, cross-curricular learning. Passion and belief in our creative learning workshops drives us to generate an energetic space to ignite young minds. Our collaboration unlocks every child's inner confidence and abundant potential.

Konflux Theatre in Education was founded in 1997 with the aim of producing high quality theatre for children and young people.

Konflux has a consistent and wide-ranging environmental agenda, developing work on themes such as pollution, sustainability, biodiversity, environmental responsibility, extinction, re-cycling, fair trade, third world debt, urbanisation and technology.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Promise on Earth
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2006
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When the eccentric Dr Watt lands his spaceship in Kaz's living room, it's clear he's on a mission and needs her help. He's seen the future of the planet and it's not looking good. The Earth is in trouble - waters are rising, we are running out of energy, we are polluting our seas and chopping down our forests.

The fearless time-travelling duo set out to reverse the damage we are doing to the habitats of our world. To do this they must collect promises to save energy and reduce waste from the weird and wacky characters they meet on their journey.

Promise the Earth is a new 50-minute play for 4 - 11 year olds which looks at climate change, recycling and environmental responsibility. The play is a colourful and interactive journey for the children with music, projection and live performance which concludes by asking the audience to each make their own individual promise to the Earth.

The play ties in with the National Curriculum in Science and Geography and the Eco Schools Programme.

'It's time to make a change - we must all make a promise to the Earth to make a difference.'

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Gulp!
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2005
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Charlie Muggins has it all - from the very latest toys, football kit and computer games to parents who dote on him. In fact they'll give him anything he wants - anything to keep him quiet, that is (Gulp!)

When the Muggins family move to a new house, however, Charlie demands more room to play outdoors - a sand pit, a slide, a toy castle, a climbing frame, a swing, a see-saw and and and… oh, well, the whole back garden will just have to go…

Meanwhile the inhabitants of the garden are all just trying to get through another day without being eaten (Gulp!) Bluebottle has overheard some terrible news, Gus the Badger is all for fighting, the Snails are willing to help (only it'll take time to get the lads together).

The Goldfish are all of a dither, Wally the Earthworm doesn't know which way to turn, Hedgehog can feel one of his headaches coming on and indecisive old Squirrel is just sitting on the fence. Does Austin the Sunflower have anything to say on the matter...

When Charlie accidentally drops his pocket money into the old well, he has no idea he's supposed to make a wish – until the inhabitants of the garden gleefully make one for him … and Charlie's about to find out what life is really like in his own back garden.

This hour long play for Key Stages 1 & 2 explores a wide variety of themes such as habitats, eco-systems, good citizenship, life cycles and the food chain. Using puppetry, music, song and more than a little audience participation, the cast will take us on a fantastic roller-coaster journey around a world we didn't even know was right on our own doorstep… the world of Charlie's garden.

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What on Earth!?
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2004 - 2005
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A specially commissioned play for Key Stage I and II children that looks at themes of bio-diversity, rural and urban concerns, recycling and third world issues.

In the middle of the Milky Way there is a beautiful little blue planet almost bursting with rubbish. It's getting so bad that even the neighbours are beginning to complain. Unless our hero, Colin, can make the humans stop and think about the harm they're causing the planet then the whole place will be demolished to make way for a new UFO car park. The clock is ticking - there's not a moment to be lost.

As Colin embarks on his most ambitious mission yet to get the little blue planet back on track and fast, he meets a host of colourful characters ranging from Aliens to a rapping Fox and his ever-hungry posse of street rats - the So Furry Crew - who teach him about the need for recycling and the problems of littering their beautiful planet. The Adults are hopeless it seems, but the children on the other hand - well, there could just be a tiny glimmer of hope after all.

Using a blend of puppetry, digital projection, music and lots of audience participation, Konflux Theatre explores a broad range of ecological and environmental issues.

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Rare Earth
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2003
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Set on the plains of North America in the mid-19th century, Rare Earth contrasts two opposing ways of making a living from the earth beneath us.

The American Indians lived for centuries on the plains and in the mountains, in partnership with the environment and the animals it supported, taking only that which they needed to live and utilising everything they took to the full. Their life-style is contrasted with that of the Europeans who arrived and drove them off their lands.

The Native American's sustainable existence is shattered by the arrival of Mum, Dad and Albert - the Ramsbottom family from Lancashire, England - hell-bent on creating a new land full of great opportunity.

Through the application of technology, determination and hard work, and after many setbacks, they eventually succeed, realising their dream of building Ramsbottom Super City - but at what cost?

Hilariously comic and deadly serious by turns, Rare Earth challenges assumptions and poses questions about the relationship of humans to the environment.

    How should we live?
    Is the earth there for us to exploit, or have we a greater responsibility?
    Who are our family?
    Should we look after number one or is the whole of mankind and its future our real family?

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Norah's Ark
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2000, 2002
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Originally commissioned by the Natural History Museum, Norah's Ark is a play with songs for 5 -11 year olds that looks at the way human activities affect animals and the environment.

Norah has a lot to contend with. For a start, her exam results are due and she fears the worst. Then there's her boyfriend Norman, who just wants to be a pop star. But, to top it all, she learns she has been specially selected to save the world's animals. It isn't easy - especially when you're scared of spiders.

Norah battles against authority and prejudice to build an exact replica of the original Noah's Ark. But when the animals are eventually on board, she discovers the hundreds of empty spaces originally filled with species now extinct. There is no time to lose, they must make a new start before any more disappear. So they are off - to a surprising destination.

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Konflux 'Play in a Day'
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1999 - 2013
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Konflux's repertoire of 'Play in a Day', productions devised in a day with school children, includes several with environmental themes:
    Paradise Beach
    Paradise Beach is the most beautiful beach in the world. However, the creatures that live on there are unhappy. They don't mind sharing the golden sand or the crystal clear sea with the humans, but these humans are noisy, rude and, most of all, messy. But will the Humans see the errors of their ways?

    Water Water Everywhere
    This workshop highlights many of the problems facing the safeguarding, storage, production and delivery of quality fresh water supplies. The way we treat our water has a significant environmental impact. The services so many of us take for granted, however, require a small army of people behind the scenes - from the taps in our kitchen to the increasing changes in global weather systems. This Play in a Day explores many examples of this and look at the very simple but significant differences we can make.

    The Rainforest
    Spirit of the Forest: In the first part of this play-in-a-day we look at what a typical rainforest is and it's significance to the wellbeing of our planet. Through exploring the habitat, wildlife and threats to these unique and still largely unexplored environments the group will reveal the secrets of these hidden worlds, from jaguars to leeches.

    Peoples of the Forest: In the second part of the day, the group explore the cultures of the peoples of the forest. From hunting and tracking skills to building homes, it's a world apart from everything we all take for granted. This story takes us from the ancient worlds of the Incas, Aztecs and Conquistadors through to the present day as we explore the history, beliefs and some of the oldest living cultures on Earth.

    Talking Rubbish
    An inventive way of addressing littering, Talking Rubbish looks at the legal and moral responsibilities we have when it comes to dropping litter and questions whether or not the problem is laid fairly at the door of young people.

    The play also touches on landfill and recycling and how we should keep our planet as tidy as our local park.

    Love Food Hate Waste
    Around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away and most of this could have been eaten. It's not just peelings, cores and bones and it's not just an issue of good food going to waste or that this costs us as consumers a significant amount of money, but that there are serious environmental implications. 90% of us just don't realise how much good food we throw out.

    Love Food Hate Waste also covers topics such as landfill and carbon footprints left due to food transportation.

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One World
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1999 and ongoing
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Far, far away, in the middle of the Milky Way, there is a small blue planet called Earth which is being polluted by rubbish and greed. This energetic Play in a Day looks at issues affecting Our World - from Fair Trade to Third World Debt - and our need to conserve and re-use our resources.

One World is by Slim Parry.

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The Selfish Shellfish
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1998, 2001
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Set in a rock pool, Wood's delightful musical play deals with the serious issue of oil pollution from the point of view of five shellfish. The fight of Urchin, Mussel, Starfish, Seagull and Shellfish himself is told against the backdrop of the collision of two ships at sea and the audience are encouraged to participate in the battles with Sludge and The Great Slick.

Konflux Theatre toured The Selfish Shellfish across Northern Ireland and Yorkshire in 1998.

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  Konflux Theatre in Education
www.konfluxtheatre.com
t: 01937 - 832740

Commer House
Station Road
Tadcaster
Leeds, West Yorkshire
LS24 9JF
England

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