• Harrow Art Centre, October 2023

Direction and Choreography: Suba Subramaniam

Performers: Kirsten Newell, Anekha Pillai, Mithun Gill

Sound Artist and Composer: Kathy Hinde

Sound and Technical Artist: Matt Olden

Set Designers: Brian Hartley & Jesal Patel

Costume Designer: Brian Hartley

Photography + film: Brian Hartley

Lighting Designers: Aideen Malone & Ben Cowens

Creative Consultant for D/deaf Audiences: Ramesh Meyappan

Producer: Belinda Sculley

Rehearsal Directors – Kamala Devam & Archita Kumar

Production Manager: Simon Beyer

Stage Manager: Meg Le Marchant


A new dance show exploring our complex relationship – from the molecular to the planetary – with all things plastic.

Plastic. Is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful?

Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a contemporary dance theatre work for children and their families which explores our complex relationship with plastics – the fantastic possibilities they offer, as well as the drastic consequences to the environment.

Drawing from South Asian dance techniques, the artists explore plastics and the dangers of their misuse through intricate movement, gestures and play infused with interaction with the audience. The processes and stories underpinning this project have been steered by children and young people – who are at the heart of the research for this work – created in collaboration with material scientists at UCL. The show initially was co-produced with Polka Theatre.

Plastic Drastic Fantastic is an inclusive experience, accessible for D/deaf young people and children.

The show toured venues across the UK in 2022 and 2023. UK-wide 2024 tour will be announced shortly. For more information please contact info@akademi.co.uk.