One Duck Down (3 stars)

One Duck Down

Engaging tale highlights the perils of plastic

He's painted a lighthouse without using ladders, taught the local seagulls to sing the national anthem, and now Billy has just one task left to prove his love for the demanding girl he loves.

It's his biggest quest yet – to reclaim 7000 yellow rubber ducks from the oceans and seas of the world and bring them home. Along the way he meets two birds with their necks stuck in a bottle top, an Arctic polar bear who's run out of ice to stand on, and a family of crabs clinging to a pile of rubbish as if it's home.

The story in One Duck Down may be fiction, but the event it's based on is true – thousands of plastic ducks really did fall off the back of a tanker. And, of course, our oceans really are filled with plastic, and marine and birdlife die each day as a result.

So hats off to Faceplant Theatre for finding a colourful and engaging way to deliver this message to a young audience, without ever labouring the point. Which goes some way to making up for the fact that almost all the witty wordplay is for the adults, not the children.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 20), 10.30am, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

One Duck Down

  • 3 stars

FacePlant Theatre One Duck Down. 7000 rubber ducks. Seven Seas. One big adventure! Inspired by a true tale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm, jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry and with a set and props which are recycled from the lost and found of rubbish…

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