The Green Meanie

This article is from 2007.

Monster fun on a global scale

Environmental problems may be increasingly obvious to adults, but teaching children about the cause and effect of modern life can be tricky. Which is why writer, Leon Fleury had to strike a balance between education and entertainment when he penned environmental show, The Green Meanie.

‘We’ve touched on animal extinction, destruction of the rainforest, global warming, pollution and recycling,’ says Fleury. ‘But realistically all we are trying to do is give children an awareness that every action they take has an effect, and that the effect can be far reaching.’

Set now, and 20 years in the future, The Green Meanie follows a little girl with a long list of wants. The eponymous monster is happy to oblige, oblivious to the destruction he causes along the way. Until finally, the girl is forced to make some changes.

‘Primarily, The Green Meanie is a fun journey, with crazy physical performances and great storytelling,’ says Fleury. ‘And hopefully, along the way children will learn a few things about the world.’

The Green Room, 220 0885, 5–26 Aug, 11.30am, £6–£7 (£5–£6). Previews 2–4 Aug, £5.

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