What if the crisp packet you’d just thrown away came to life and begged you to take it home?
This is just what happens to Katie Dumpster as she paddles her boat down the backwaters of the river, on what is clearly going to be a very strange summer’s day.
As more litter floats downstream from the city and lands in mounting piles on the river-bank, a scavenging gull gets into a tangle, and the Watervoles watch helplessly as a mysterious Robot arm carries off their Baby, trapped in a discarded wine-bottle.
Katie tries to help, but only adds to their problems, until Lord Pike, the Waterwolf, takes her under his fin. Together they hatch a plan to rescue Baby from the Rubbish Monster, but Lord Pike himself is being stalked by a very determined fisherman. . .
The Rubbish Monster is Nutmeg Puppet Company's new project for the Broads Authority about rubbish and waste minimisation
The aim of the project will be to increase the understanding of sustainability - what it is and how we can all make small changes to our lives to make them more sustainable. In particular we shall promote re-using, reducing and recycling. This will be put into the context of the Broads and will show how small changes made locally can produce big benefits for the wider environment.
Told with puppets, live characters, music, songs, a great deal of humour and audience participation, it will be an animals' eye-view of human beings and their wasteful ways.
The Rubbish Monster toured village greens and staithes around the Broads as part of the 'Fun in the Broads' programme.
We ran workshops in six middle schools in the Autumn Term of 2004 for the Broads Authority 'Out There' social exclusion project in Lowestoft, Gorleston and Belton. We worked with year-five pupils, making puppets out of recycled materials, to press home the message of re-use, reduce, recycle, and to help them understand the consequences of dropping litter.
The Rubbish Monster was performed in the six schools, and thanks to grants from Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, we performed the show free to a further eight schools in the Broads area.