Past Project Zone
The Binworld show was commissioned by Cannock Chase Council to teach young people all about recycling and local democracy. It was created by local drama group Actionhaus, which is based at Cannock Chase High School and whose members are current students.
The colourful show was seen in October 2009 by almost 1,000 pupils from 17 primary schools in the district at the Prince of Wales Centre in Cannock and The Rose Theatre in Rugeley.
In the musical, characters including MC Crisp Rapper and Professor Poop took the nine to 11-year-olds on a musical journey where they learned about issues like recycling, fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling. The musical also highlighted the importance of local democracy, with audience members voting on whose plan for the environment should be adopted.
The Binworld cast recorded the show's soundtrack, which features seven songs including Professor Poop's Plan (The Three Rs - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle), at Greenwood Studios in Hednesford. The CD produced will then be used by Cannock Chase Council in future work with young people on recycling and local democracy.
Jo Rafferty, founder and director of Actionhaus, said: "Binworld was a fantastic project and a wonderful opportunity for the young members of Actionhaus to get some practical experience of staging a production in professional theatres. The end result was superb and a real testament to the cast's hard work and talent."
"The project will now be extended by professionally recording the CD at Greenwood Studios. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the cast to get more experience of musical theatre and the role of a recording artist."
Cllr Tony Williams, Cannock Chase Council Environment Leader, said: "The young Actionhaus members all worked so hard over many months and the innovative performances at our local theatres were enjoyed by everyone who saw them. Just as important, though, the children took away the important recycling message. We want to encourage children to think early about using resources again instead of wasting them and Binworld achieved that in a way that reached all age groups.
"The opportunity for the performers to now go into a professional recording studio will be a further valuable experience for them. The CD will be a lasting legacy of their work and will enable the Council to carry on the Binworld message. I look forward to hearing the CD."