New season for Bay TV production

Shaanaaz de Jager

THE popular Nelson Mandela Bay-produced Garbage Gallery will be recycled into a second season to be broadcast from this month. Garbage Gallery, a Fly Piggy Fly Media edutainment television show for children, will screen on SABC 3 early this month and will air 26 episodes – six-months’ worth of weekly shows – on Sundays at 7am.

Its motto continues to be “Waste to Wanted” and the show is filming its last few episodes at Bay Studios in Central, Port Elizabeth.

Fly Piggy Fly managing director Julie Coetzee said SABC commissioning editor Zandi Nkosi asked the company to re-pitch to produce a second season.

“We had to re-pitch our concept and also how we would improve on what we’d learnt in season one. There was loads we’d learnt,” Coetzee said.

“For this season, we have selected some of the best ways to use something you’re about to toss out and give it a new purpose with a little creativity and some fresh paint.”

The show employs Eastern Cape talent, with the entire team made up of media professionals under the age of 35 and trained in the Eastern Cape.

The cast also includes nine child actors and two adult presenters.

They are Brenna Coetzee, who takes on the role of Annette the Garbage Gallery owner, and Clement Lechoga Noka, who plays Sivu, her faithful friend and taxi driver of the Garbage Gang.

A new room, The Trash Alley, is also introduced to the set and is where the “hardy and mucky work gets done”.

“Sivu rules the roost there, and it is often where he comes up with his pranks and jokes,” Coetzee said.

At The Trash Alley the actors show how a pool cover can be put to use in a soccer goal-practice game, broken cricket wickets can become a rope ladder and vuvuzelas can become bedroom furniture.

Annette gets the Garbage Gang going by showing them how to make stamps from corks, a Christmas wreath from old toys, a car wash from a box, a castle from milk boxes, marionette puppets and even birthday party decorations.

“Each episode will give children and their parents some inspiration for new ways to reduce, reuse and repurpose old things that everyone has around the home.”

Wordsmith Jennifer Charlton-Perkins took on the mammoth task of script writing.

Each episode is roughly 15 pages long with each fact researched and fresh storylines and content created for every one.

Coetzee said the first season of Garbage Gallery “has developed individuals and empowered them [with] experience and new skills to be able to do bigger and better things in the province”.

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