An environmental inspired performance engaging children and families in saving the oceans and the value of recycling.

We are delighted to announce that Plastic Paradiso, created and choreographed by Claire Benson and commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West has been awarded funding from Arts Council England, The Leche Trust and BCP Cultural Hub to go on its first tour in 2023! 

Inspired by Helen Ward’s book ‘The Tin Forest’, Plastic Paradiso is an environmentally themed dance show for children focusing on resilience, friendship and plastic pollution. Through puppetry and dance, Claire reimagines a place entirely made of plastic, and how friendship and nature can reclaim what was a barren world.

Aimed at audiences aged 0-11 years this is a family and schools friendly performance delivering an important environmental message for all generations.


Plastic Paradiso will start with two performances at Pavilion Dance for schools on 23rd March followed by 4 tour dates and venues:

Sat 22 April:  Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 30 September: The Point, Eastleigh

Fri 27 October: The Pound, Corsham

Thurs 2 November: Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

More dates to be announced soon.

Creator Claire Benson says: “I’m so excited that Plastic Paradiso is going on tour!  After imagining this piece of work in my head for many years the process of bringing this story to life and making it exist in the real world has been completely thrilling!  The heart of the story focuses on our plastic pollution crisis. I am passionate about making a show that will capture young imaginations and make a positive impact. I hope that people will really try and start to see how small changes can help make a difference.  A huge thanks to Pavilion Dance for the original commission to create the show and to all our funders for enabling us to take it around the country to spread this really important message.”

Jeanette Hinton, Performances Producer at Pavilion Dance South West says: “We’re thrilled that Plastic Paradiso gets to go on tour, firing imaginations and making an ecological difference!  This is the first Pavilion Dance commission that has been funded to tour and we’re hugely excited and grateful to our funding partners for making this happen so that Plastic Paradiso can  spread its important message about resilience, friendship and making a difference to the environment.”

Dorset schools and audiences at Pavilion Dance have previously enjoyed the performance with great feedback:

“The show was as moving as it was entertaining”

“Just beautiful and the pre-performance workshop was so engaging and exciting for my children.  We all loved it!”

“The performance was magical and on such an important topic”

“Great for kids”

Find out more about the making of Plastic Paradiso at and follow the tour on Instagram @plasticparadiso

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