Plastic Drastic Fantastic

Plastic Drastic Fantastic

An exciting new show designed specifically for young people and their families.

We can’t tell you how excited we are about this show. We’ve taken ideas from kids from all around the country to create a fun, thoughtful and engaging show exploring the good and bad of all the plastics we use in our day-to-day lives. Our South Asian dancers and creative team have developed a truly unique show we’re sure children and their families will love”     


–  Suba Subramaniam, Director and Choreographer

Akademi and Polka have joined forces to co-produce Plastic Drastic Fantastic, 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 participating artists will 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.
Plastic Drastic Fantastic is an inclusive experience, accessible for D/deaf young people and children.
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – run from 6th April to 8th May 2022. Book tickets on Polka’s website HERE!
Watermans Art Centre, Brentford – 15th May 2022. Book tickets HERE!
The Lowry, Salford, Manchester – 22nd May 2022. Book tickets HERE!
For more information about Plastic Drastic Fantastic please contact

Creative Team

Direction and Choreography: Suba Subramaniam

Producer: Matt Borgatti

Production Manager: Adam Crosthwaite

Creative Consultant for D/deaf Audiences: Ramesh Meyappan

Set Designers: Brian Hartley and Jesal Patel

Costume Designer: Rachana Jadhav

Lighting Designers: Aideen Malone and Ben Cowens

Sound Artist and Composer: Kathy Hinde

Sound and Technical Artist: Matt Olden





Anjana Bala, Shivaangee Agrawal and Shyam Dattani


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Media Credits

Location courtesy: Polka Theatre