Junkyard Beats and Critical Stages Touring

Created by: Oded Prior for Junkyard Beats

Written By: Oded Prior & Nigel Turner-Carroll

Directed By: Nigel Turner-Carroll

Performed by: Oded Prior, Marina Da-Silva, Leslie Marsh, Braeden Lee, Theo Fontes, Lucas Nadin, and Georgia Anderson 

You'll never look at a cardboard box the same way again!

In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into extraordinary musical instruments and unwanted junk comes alive in exciting and surprising ways!

The Box Show excites the imagination of children and adults alike. We follow four characters during their daily activities in a world made of cardboard boxes and junk. The contents of an abandoned kitchen and wheelie bins become the greatest drum set in the world; plastic bags are an amazing musical instrument and the human body becomes a unique sound machine.

Tag along for a day in the life of a bunch of musical misfits as they reinvigorate the junk that the world has forgotten.

Learn about sustainability with this high energy, imaginative music-in-education performance combining drumming, dance, theatre and comedy. With a language of gibberish and rhythm, this show is accessible to any age and nationality.

Available to Tour



Theatre for Young People, Music/Percussion, Sustainability, Comedy




1 hour, no interval

Venue Format

Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box

Performance Seasons

Sydney Fringe Festival 2018
Dream Big Festival 2019

Monkey Baa Theatre
Manning Entertainment Centre
Glasshouse Theatre Port Macquarie
Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour
Albury Entertainment Centre
Karralyka Theatre
Bunjil Place Theatre
Yeppoon Town Hall

2023 Performance Dates

If tickets are not on sale yet at your selected venue the links below will take you to their What’s On page. 

22 July
Goldfields Art Centre

25 July
Esperance Civic Centre

29 July
Albany Entertainment Centre

1 August
Margaret River Heart

22 August 
Laycock Street Theatre

What People Are Saying

“The audience stand and cheer wanting more from the performers and the crowd is full of smiles as they exit the stage” The Source

Oded has been wonderful to work with during the planning of The Box Show season at the Glasshouse. He is transparent in his communication and always willing to negotiate and be flexible to meet the needs of the venue and our audiences. The Glasshouse initially planned to present 2 x performances of The Box Show as part of our 2020 Education @ Glasshouse Program, however, demand from schools was so high it resulted in a waitlist of 1,200 children. Oded was incredibly excited to hear of the response and did not hesitate to work with me to schedule an additional 2 x performances to meet the demand.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Season was cancelled due to COVID closures, but Oded was very supportive and willing to move immediately to 2021 to ensure our local students did not miss out altogether.  Once again, schools have enthusiastically booked to The Box Show and we have 4 performances completely sold out across 2 days. Some schools are travelling up to 100kms to attend.” Bec Washington, Event Services Coordinator, Glasshouse Port Macquarie

The Music Group Turning Trash Into Art
Planet Ark

For Audiences

For Audiences

Schools: add to your student’s lessons in music, drama, or earth and environmental science with an experience that unites these three areas of study in an engaging and inspiring way. An education kit for the production is available now.

Families: families from diverse backgrounds with kids 5+ will embrace the work as their own – the cast use a gibberish language that is universally and easily recognised.

Festivals: The Box Show has been a hit at festivals around the country, winning the Critics Pick at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018, and enjoying a sell-out season at Dream Big Festival in Adelaide the following year. .

Good to Know

  • Quality production (reviews, production history)
  • Engaging and enlightening story embracing sustainability and environmental themes
  • Music, rhythm and dance that will captivate families and classrooms alike

Community Engagement

Using recycled materials and music as our main focus, we introduce participants to the world of Junkyard Beats. Their creative workshops are a one-of-a-kind experience where environmental education becomes playful and interactive.

Junkyard Workshops
Junkyard Beats have a fantastic found instrument workshop that would be a great addition to your community engagement activities, and can run smoothly in tandem with scheduled performances.

Junkyard Orchestra
One person’s trash proves another’s treasure as highly energetic music-in-education performers combine drumming, dance, theatre and comedy to create a unique and captivating experience over 46-60 minutes (can be extended to 90mins).

Instrument Making Workshop
Young people 5+ will be making their own instruments from recycled, and upcycled, materials in this wildly fun workshop that combines craft, imaginative play, music, and group work, where participants make their own instruments and then perform together in a junkyard band.

Other Engagement Activites

  • In-School workshops
  • Q&A sessions with the cast
  • ROving – have The Junkyard Beats take to the streets of your town with mobile drum kits made from junk

About the Creators

Oded Prior – Founder and Creative Director of Junkyard Beats
Oded was born and raised in Israel and started to play the drums when he was 13 years old. He began experimenting with objects lying around his home to create sounds and discovered that anything can be a drum, including the human body. Oded is highly skilled in body percussion and junk percussion, and has trained in hip-hop dance, drumming, acting, cajón, djembe and hang drum. After years of touring with some of the world’s top rhythm and percussion groups, Oded has found true passion in connecting communities and spreading environmental awareness all over the globe through music and creative recycling. He has taught rhythm workshops and master classes around the world and recently did a TEDX talk about his rhythmical journey.

Nigel Turner-Carroll – Director
Award winning director and actor Nigel Turner-Carroll’s credits include The Tap Pack which has most recently featured on The West End after touring Berlin, Beijing 2017 and Edinburgh Fringe festival 2016, winning The Spirit of the Fringe Award. He was most recently choreographer for the staged version of David Walliams’ book Billionaire Boy, at the Sydney Opera House. He has Directed and Co-Written multiple cabarets including Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham’s cabaret, Twists and Turns, which received accolades in it’s first season in the Spiegel Tent at Perth Fringe World 2014, winning of Best Cabaret and nominated for the Critics Choice Award.