Junkyard Beats was founded in 2015 and after 3 years of doing many gigs in events, festivals and schools we decided to go into the theatre world. I contacted Nigel Turner-Carroll (Director and co-writer) and together we started writing the show and coming up with new ideas.
We were always trying to think "out of the box" and at some point, we had an idea of creating a big box that the whole show comes from, something we can go into, around, on top of it etc...
Also, we wanted the big box to spin and every side of the box should have a different function and look. Once we went deep into the box world, there was no way back! There's just sooooo many things you can do with boxes and cardboard. We decided to have boxes hanging from the ceiling, boxes sliding on wheels, performers inside big boxes and also music from boxes - and even now there's still so much more to do!
That's the essence of everything we do in Junkyard Beats - music is everywhere! I always tell the kids that we are surrounded with musical instruments, all you need to do is open your eyes, open your ears and most importantly open your mind!
You don't need money or technology to make music, you just need to be creative and work with what you have around you.
Music and rhythm is a universal language that crosses borders and is accessible to everyone. Every morning I take my baby daughter to the backyard and we take a couple of branches and start making beats from everything we have around us - the ground, trees, rocks, leaves, sand, and water. Once you show the kids this style of music making you can change their lives and inspire them to reuse and to be creative.
The show is more than just drumming. What other creative elements do you incorporate in the performance?
This show incorporates drumming, dancing, acting, creative recycling, comedy, tap-dancing and also "RHYTHMISH" (A made-up-language that is a combination of rhythm and gibberish).
We also have a strong focus on environmental education and playfulness. This show is constantly surprising the audience and you never know what's gonna happen next! We involve the audience a lot throughout the show and they have an integral part of the whole performance.
It's always fascinating to hear what the kids loved the most in the show! Some kids really like the wacky characters (Huh, skibidibi, Rakakaka and Flapadabook). Some kids really love the drumming and dancing, some kids are really into the comedy skits and some love the crowd interaction parts.
There are a lot of jokes and great moments for the parents as well and it's important to mention that this is a family show and not just a kids show.
How would you describe The Box Show in 3 words?
Beats / comedy / creative-recycling