On Tour!

Touring 2021

Wed 28/07/2021 13:00 Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham NG31 6PZ
Wed 04/08/2021 14:00 The Anstice Telford TF7 5BD
Thur 05/08/2021 14:30 Festival Theatre, Hever Castle Kent TN8 7NG
Sat 02/10/2021 14:00 Glassbox Theatre, Midkent college Gillingham ME7 1FN
Sun 03/10/2021 14:00 The Alexander Centre CIC Kent ME13 8NZ
Sat 09/10/2021 11:00 The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
Mon 25/10/2021 11:30 Arlington Arts Berkshire RG14 3BQ
Sat 27/10/2021 11:00 The Lights Hampshire SP10 1AH
Fri 25/02/2022 Isle of Wight Story Festival Isle of Wight TBC
Sat 14/05/2022 13:00 The Venue – Squire P A C Notts NG1 4JB
Sat 21/05/2022 14:00 Olney Middle School Bucks MK46 5DZ


A dustbin, a homeless lady and an extra-ordinary tale of courage

In a makeshift cardboard home-made home

Lives a kind old lady with a heart of gold.

Rescuing creatures great and small,

Dustbin Doris will amaze us all.

About Dustbin Doris

It’s bin collection day and our two heroic waste collectors Max and Ola are racing to make up lost time. But what’s this? A dustbin that refuses to release its contents! What could be attached? It’s Doris, the dotty old lady who lives in the park. A struggle ensues as she clings onto her possessions.  But every bin has a silver liner. So, when the pair of refuse loaders realise that ‘one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure’, an amazing trove of wonderous tales recycle their way out of the rubbish.

Rhubarb Theatre, known for their imaginative styles of storytelling, perform their latest bin-full of fantasy for all the family. Prepare for joy and sadness, laughter and tears & surprises around every corner. Dustbin Doris is waste-deep in theatrical play, puppetry, mask, dance, song and lots of laughter.

Why book Dustbin Doris?

  • Dustbin Doris is a brand-new show with key environmental themes.  From recycling and reusing, the challenges of waste, helping our wildlife to climate change, it is a perfect inspiration for kick-starting an environmental campaign
  • The show also addresses themes around homelessness and although the story contains serious messages, it is packed with humour and fun.
  • The strong themes and imaginative play make it a perfect tool for a creative writing project.
  • The show is a visually inventive story, full of comedy, songs, mask, puppetry, dance, original music.
  • Rhubarb Theatre brings the full theatrical experience into your venues.
  • The show is suitable for family audiences from 5yrs upwards.
  • There is an after-show chat with the performers, so audiences can find out some of our secrets and get to see our puppets and props close up.
  • The show can be accompanied by linking workshops for 5-7yrs or 8yrs+.
  • Dustbin Doris is devised and performed by the Rhubarb Theatre team, who are specialists in innovative, creative and original theatre for children and their families.
  • The show is very visual and plays to different levels, therefore reaches a broader audience, including a wide age range, people with English as a second language, or audience members with additional needs.
  • Rhubarb Theatre can bring the full theatrical experience into your venue, we just need a hall space and power.

Dustbin Doris is available NOW for bookings!

Our workshops

Accompanying workshops for 3-7years –

Interactive Storytelling: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – this beautiful story gives young children an understanding of the life cycle of a caterpillar in a fun learning adventure. Rhubarb Theatre brings this story to life as we explore the garden, munching and crunching our way through lots of healthy… and not so healthy daily meals.

Accompanying workshops for 8-12years –

Environmental Workshop: Linking to the themes of the show, the workshop will highlight the dangers of climate change to the environment and wildlife.  Interactive activities will educate the participants about the importance of water and what they can actively do to help.


You can book Dustbin Doris for your school or venue from only £400 (+ travel & VAT)

Travel is calculated at 40p p/mile to/from the Rhubarb office LN5 0PF

Workshops are available from £55

Flyers and posters to promote your event can be provided for a small additional fee.