Talking Rubbish

Theatre Rites and The Spark Arts for Children present:  

Talking Rubbish

Finding treasure in what other people throw away.

Meet Charlotte the Excavator. She loves Talking Rubbish, it’s her favourite subject!

Join Charlotte as she digs around at home, sorting through her rubbish.  You will also meet her friends Mohsen and Aya. They share her passion for finding treasure in what other people throw away. 

You'll be amazed at what they create in this wonderful world of rubbish!

For children aged 4+ and their families

Episodes will appear on this page from Wednesday 12 August.

Episode 1: Launching Wednesday 12 August, 2pm

Meet Charlotte The Excavator - always holding on to her rubbish and never knowing what to do with it all. She asks her friends Mohsen and Aya for help, but they are too busy with their new friend: a rather unusual looking and very playful dog.

Get Involved
Charlotte finds ways of making new, fun and unusual friends from things that get thrown away. We'd love to see what you make from your recycling - puppets, models, pets, friends, robots or rockets.

Share your photos with us and we'll include them in Episode 2 or show them on our website and social media

Tag us on Facebook or Twitter use #TalkingRubbish or you can email

You can download  ideas on creating recycled artwork below.  Taken from The Spark Arts for Children's Creative Learning Toolkit

Episode 2: Launching Wednesday 19 August, 2pm

Charlotte the Excavator has found a way to reduce her rubbish. Inspired by her friends Mohsen and Aya she's created a new puppy to play with their dog. But Mohsen and Aya have a new house guest who doesn’t like to recycle. Can Charlotte help?

Directed by
Sue Buckmaster
Created with Charlotte Dubery, Mohsen Nouri and Aya Namakura

Edited by Sophie Huggins

Talking Rubbish has been commissioned for the Among Ideal Friends consortium, supported by Arts Council England.

About Theatre Rites

Award-winning company Theatre-Rites is a field leader in the creation of experimental theatre for children. Acclaimed nationally and internationally, their work stirs the imagination and stimulates thought. They specifically promote understanding and enjoyment of ‘object-led’ theatre and celebrate the power of visuals, puppetry and animation by working in collaboration with designers, visual artists, film-makers, puppeteers, musicians, composers, actors and dancers.