Taking care of our planet with Paws to Work

There are many ways to contribute to preserving or restoring the environment, to take care of our planet. Of course, the best way would be not to pollute it, to prevent it by creating an ecological conscience.

To achieve this goal, the ideal tool is education. From an early age, learning to relate in harmony with the environment, knowing how nature works and understanding that what we do on earth, in the atmosphere or in the sea has repercussions on the planet and therefore on our lives. It is therefore essential to educate children, but without forgetting parents, who are important role models if we want to save the earth, our common home. In this mission, school, literature and why not also theatre play important roles in the awakening of ecological awareness.

Legs to the Work

Theatre also plays an educational role and Mariana Barrandeguy knows this very well. This young Uruguayan actress and playwright has committed herself to this issue and has put her hands to work, or rather "Patas a la Obra".
"Patas a la obra" is a show that combines puppets, music and humour. This ecological fable, as its author calls it, tells the story of a zoo where the animals, including the lion Gieco and Dumas, a wild cat, are getting sick from drinking contaminated water from a river. The animals discover that the culprit for their illness is a nearby factory that dumps waste into the river. To unmask the factory manager, the "bad guy" of the piece, they set to work with an interesting plan in which Mariana, the zoo keeper, plays a leading role.

Taking care of our planet with Paws to Work

 

This play, as Mariana Barrandeguy explains, was born out of the conflict between Argentina and Uruguay over the installation of a huge pulp mill 4 km from the Uruguayan city of Fray Bentos by the Finnish Botnia Group. However, the message of "Patas a la Obra" is not only educational, but also "to defend what is right". "It can't be that someone thinks of doing things in a certain way, without measuring the consequences, and the rest of us stand idly by", emphasises the Uruguayan artist. That's why it's called "Patas a la Obra", because some animals translate the desire for change into action and solve the polluting problem.

For young and old

The message clearly reaches the kids. The interaction between performers and audience is seamless with a fun, didactic script and charming reggaeton music. The piece also sends a clear message to parents. Mariana Barrandeguy clarifies that the aim is to "create awareness of what we are doing wrong and try to change that situation". The idea is also to educate the children's audience through ecological flyers about the contribution that each one of us must make to take care of the environment.

The laughter, music and funny dialogues of Patas a la Obra prove to be an excellent way of transmitting respect for the environment. This ecological fable reminds us that the important thing is to make a commitment to save the planet.
For the time being, this group, which has already participated in the children's festival in the Argentinean city of Necochea last January, delights audiences of all ages with their performances in a theatre in Buenos Aires and with plans to take this play to schools and neighbourhood centres, with the common goal of building a better world.

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