Plastic bottle’s the star of the show as Havant goes green fun

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A COMEDY show about the life and times of a plastic bottle is one of the highlights of a week dedicated to the environment.

Bottle has been created by award-winning theatre company Soop for Havant Goes Greener.

Havant Friends of the Earth and the Havant Transition Network are behind the event, which starts on Monday.

Throughout the week there will be talks and workshops on how small changes can make big differences to the planet. There will be cycle rides, walks, bird watching and information roadshows in almost every corner of the borough.

Creative director Nathan Chapman said: ‘It’s about the life cycle of a plastic bottle. It starts with the very origins of fossil fuels. It features PET, the plastic bottle.

‘It’s good fun. There’s lots of physical comedy in it. Trying to capture life as a plastic bottle is quite difficult.

‘We show all the different things that plastic goes through and the different results it can lead to.

‘For example, we talk about how recycled plastic can become a number of different things; perhaps a bridge, a pair of mittens or even a sleeping bag. There’s a bit of dancing and singing. It’s a lighthearted piece of physical comedy.’

Tickets for the show are still available.

Havant Go Greener coincides with National Bike Week. Organisers have joined with Portsmouth’s Cycling Touring Club to arrange bike rides, averaging nine miles, starting daily at 10am from the Meridian Centre.

As well as rides, Love my Bike workshops will be held at Barncroft Junior School, in Leigh Park, on Tuesday and Mill Rythe Junior School, Hayling Island, on Thursday. Both at 6.30pm.

Rob Shepphard, owner of Emsworth Cycles in North Street, will be on hand to provide tips on how to keep bikes running smoothly and safely.

Mr Shepphard hit the headlines two year ago as the ‘Fastest Wrench in the West’ at a cycle show in London. He said: ‘Having a green week is a great idea and I hope everybody gets involved.’

Havant Goes Greener ends on Saturday with the Family Fair, in Havant Park, from 10am to 3.30pm. Bottle will be at The Spring, in East Street, at 7pm on Monday.

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