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WASTE

a devised theatre piece

Story by Adam Boden August 16th, 2015

On the first day of a six day theatre course, we played with some recycling and began to create…

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We were led to the Cambodian Rubbish Dumps and the children that spend their lives there, picking through the trash.


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Hope, a young girl, searches for plastic and metal so she may earn money to survive.

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The Khmer tribe picks through the dump.
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The Mon tribe have been forced from their rubbish dump because of contamination, and need to share the site.

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Their uncertain future brings confrontation between the tribes.

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They share the spiritual stories of their tribes.

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Through a shared tragedy, comes unity and hope for something better.

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Watch some highlights from the show and other 2015 Summer Courses.

We raised money through tickets sales and donations from a very kind audience.
We have used that money to sponsor a young Cambodian child and we now send regular donations to Rayuk.
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Over one thousand children struggle to survive on the notorious Stung Meanchey municipal rubbish dump situated on the outskirts of Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh. Working 14 hours a day, scavenging plastic, glass, metal children put themselves at incredible health and safety risk and earn around 15p a day – barely a penny an hour. Their health frequently suffers from the rubbish dump fires. These children are exploited and abused in the extreme – the victims of dire poverty. By any measurement, Cambodia’s ‘Rubbish Dump Children’ rank as some of the most vulnerable and needy children on earth. We wanted to create a story about these children and how they are situated within our world.

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