Escape from Trash Mountain Performance & Workshop by Trash Puppets


Available online throughout 2021

A puppet show with sustainability at its heart, Escape from Trash Mountain is a poignant look at how good relationships and fervent optimism are the key to saving our planet. The show's central set piece is a large mountain of trash that transforms into a cave and becomes the epic playground for our heroes to fight trash bats, navigate treacherous ravines, and outwit hideous trash monsters!In this pre-recorded performance, two performers operate 17 different puppets and facilitate all set transformations to bring the show to life.

Escape from Trash Mountain is followed by a pre-recorded Trash Puppets workshop where the audience has the opportunity to make their very own Trash Puppet, guided by our expert puppet-maker performers.

Ideal for Foundation to Year 8, these pre-recorded online workshop packages include:

A step-by-step 'how to' puppet making video
A worksheet with step-by-step instructions and a list of materials you'll need
Useful Information and discussion questions about sustainability
Information about puppetry performance and styles, with discussion questions

Online workshops available

Lower Primary, Make a Lyp Sync Puppet. Suitable for Grades Prep - 2.
Upper Primary, Make a Emu Marionette Puppet. Suitable for Grades 3 - 6.
Lower Secondary, Make a Platypus Marionette Puppet. Suitable for Year 7 - 8.

You bring your trash and we’ll bring a show!

Escape From Trash Mountain is a high quality puppetry offering which coupled with the Trash Puppets workshop becomes an experience which encourages creative expression, bridges generational gaps, and asks audiences to consider environmental sustainability in a new and engaging way – regardless of cultural background or level of English comprehension.

The show’s key themes of friendship, sustainability, and always choosing to see value in everything, all work towards fostering healthy, positive, connected communities.

Trash Puppets makes sustainability fun! The show demonstrates the need for sustainable practice and makes a case for choosing to see value in things rather than throwing things away as the first resort. After being inspired by the beautiful puppetry in action, the workshop element sees participants create their very own trash puppet under the guidance of Trash Puppets’ expert puppet makers. Students are able to communicate in a unique way which allows a number of different perspectives (aesthetic, mechanical, or otherwise) to feed into the creation of one or more puppets.

The show and workshop package does the following:

  • encourages creative, reflective, and critical thinking,
  • gets students solving complex supply and design problems,
  • offers opportunities to plan, experiment, take risks, and question,
  • imparts meaningful puppetry knowledge, puppet-making technique,
  • gives tangible experience of core sustainability principles,
  • builds confidence in personal creative expression.

The Trash Puppets Workshop can also be booked without Escape from Trash Mountain. 

Victorian Curriculum links: The Arts – Drama, The Arts - Visual Arts, English

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social, Ethical

Content Warning: Some elements of Escape from Trash Mountain may not be suitable for students who are particularly senseitive to sudden loud noises or bright light. We reccomend you view the show prior to screening to asess suitability for any students in your class this may apply to. 


An epic tale of trashy proportions, this is a puppet show with sustainability at its heart!

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Metro: 5th Oct 2020 to 17th Dec 2021
Regional: 5th Oct 2020 to 17th Dec 2021

Trash Puppets
Duration: 35 minute pre recorded performance & 25 minute pre-recorded workshop
Artforms: Puppetry, Theatre
Minimum fee: $420 + GST
Suitability: prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 30
Booking info: Your school’s pre-recorded performance & workshop are available in the form of a private webpage on the Trash Puppets website. This webpage will be unique to your school and is password protected. (Note: Access to your webpage is for a limited time.)