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In The Pollution Revolution, children learn about wastefulness and the importance of recycling as a means of helping to preserve the environment.
REDUCE, reuse, repair and recycle is the mantra of The Pollution Revolution, a theatre production that seeks to teach children to save the environment.

 

Actor Jaques De Silva takes a ride on the Energy Bike Actor Jaques De Silva takes a ride on the Energy BikeThe production, by the Well Worn Theatre Company, tells the tale of a young boy, Jaques de Silva, who is unaware of how much water and energy he wastes daily. Every day when he comes from school, he switches on all the house lights, wastes water and throws his rubbish down.
 

One day, as he is about to switch on a light, Mantlakasi pops out of an electrical socket to tell Jacques his wasteful behaviour is exhausting. Mantlakasi, which is a Tswana word for electricity, takes the child on a trip to Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Here, he sees how electricity is generated. But he remains unconvinced, even after seeing how coal is burnt and the energy is sent down wires to his house, because if his “parents pay for the electricity bill”, he has the right to use it as he likes.

And so Mantlakasi then takes the boy on a journey around the world. They visit the North Pole where they see ice caps melting; they go to the Amazon where they witness the effects of deforestation.

They come back and see South Africa in 2040 – a country ravaged by drought, food and water shortages, climate refugees, an escalation in diseases such as malaria and unpredictable weather patterns. Jacques sees the light and has a change of heart; he promises never again to use energy and water unwisely.

 

Learners at Matiwane Combined School enjoy the playLearners at Matiwane Combined School enjoy the playThe Pollution Revolution will run until the end of August, targeting primary schools in Gauteng. According to the theatre’s artistic director, Kyla Davis, the show already has visited more than 70 primary schools in Joburg, including Roedean School in Parktown, Emmarentia Primary in Emmarentia and a number of primary schools in Soweto and Orange Farm.
 

Davis says the response from learners and teachers has been very positive. They are “enjoying the educational aspect of the play combined with [its] good entertainment value”.

To ensure that the spirit of The Pollution Revolution is carried on even after the theatre crew leaves, each school they visited receives a resource pack with more information on how to continue where the play has left off.

The pack includes energy efficient light bulbs and seedlings to plant at the school. “This is all in an endeavour to assist them in cutting down their carbon footprint and make a difference,” Davis explains. “We also return to each school a few months after the performance to see how they are getting on with doing their part to protect the environment.”

Well Worn Theatre Company is a young theatre group with a strong love for the environment. It was started by Davis in 2008, to create theatrical work around the themes of climate change and global warming, sustainable and holistic development, social justice and eco consciousness.

For more information about theatre and what it does call 011 023 9440/ 076 715 2414 or send an email to kylalliandavis@gmail.com.

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