The Rubbish Prince
Published at : 23 Jan 2021
Featuring a 4.5-metre tall puppet, The Rubbish Prince is a 40-minute non-verbal outdoor puppet theatre that has enraptured audience of all ages, transforming public spaces and stretching imaginations beyond the ordinary. The whimsical production tells a modern fable of two city rats and Rubbish Prince, an enigmatic young man who looks different from other urban dwellers. One day, the trio encounters an unusual pile of rubbish lying in the middle of the walkway. To their surprise, beneath the heap lays a child, choked by the city’s waste. Can they, with the help of the audience, bring the child back to life?
The Rubbish Prince is an allegory to the relationship we humans have with the materials that we consume and discard daily. By including the audience in the “rescue mission”, the piece inspires communities towards a hopeful future where collective action is required to solve the city’s problems. Speaking a mixture of gibberish and local dialects and narrated through a lyrical music journey, the work fosters bonds across cultural and language differences. The giant puppets are a projection of universal concerns: working together to care for the environment and giving hope to our children.
Directed by Danny Yeo and Ong Kian Sin, The Rubbish Prince was first commissioned for Arts in Your Neighbourhood by National Arts Council in 2018. It has been invited to perform at various grassroots, arts, corporate, and eco-sustainability events and is currently travelling in the heartlands bringing warmth to more spaces and smiles to more faces.