Hard Rubbish is the latest work by Australia's puppet warriors Men Of Steel. It is, essentially, an all out war between a pile of hard rubbish and, ummm, some Scandinavian furniture. It premiered to full houses and rave reviews as part of The Malthouse 2013 program.
"Hard Rubbish is a brilliant theatrical riff on the way kids dump the toy and play with the box. And it's in this sense that the grown-up performers (wrangled by director Ian Pidd) are childish; they're stupendously imaginative and opportunistic. Beg, borrow or steal a child if you have to. Or, damn it, just steel yourself and go it alone. Four Stars" Chris Boyd, The Australian
"Under Ian Pidd's direction, Men of Steel's show is a short step from children's play, the most direct kind of puppetry.... All hell breaks loose in a glorious explosion of stage anarchy... Hard Rubbish is a mixture of mayhem and poignancy, satire and pure, playful invention. Four Stars" Alison Croggon, The Guardian
Director/Divisor: Ian Pidd
Performer/Divisors: Tamara Rewes, Phil McInnes, Sam Routledge, Hamish Fletcher, Malia Walsh
Sound/Lights/Divisor: Jared Lewis
Images: Jeff Busby