In 2011, a plastic island formed in Sheffield. On the city’s Park Hill estate, actors in orange dungarees brandished brooms and beat drums, and the skies lit up with their songs of protest. This was the National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) immersive performance Slick, a huge undertaking designed to raise awareness about the state of the ocean. The play’s concept was based on this: islands of plastic are forming in the sea.

I was one of those young performers dressed in orange. When I arrived in Sheffield that summer, I learned about the problem of plastic in our seas for the first time in my life. ...


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