The Little Monster

The Little Monster

As remembered by David Williams…

This costume was about pushing for sanitary conditions in the city. The idea was to make litter actually come alive to show the terror and the monster that it is. We took regular clothes and covered them with basic litter. Old chicken boxes, old paper, plastic bottles – to keep the reality of the costume intact. It remained authentic. We didn’t try to put no set of good thing on it – just straight litter. Just like how it would look in the canals.

As the mas was passing the judges, someone carried the boy in the costume up in a wheel barrow and just dumped him there. When all the pretty mass passed on from the stage it left this lump of rubbish. The judges started calling for us to clean the rubbish so the other bands could pass. ‘What are you doing with that? You can’t just leave that rubbish there!’ All of a sudden the costume started to twitch. Then a little more. Then more and the boy get up and start to wind and the whole crowed started to roar. The boy wind right over by the judges and fall down right in the canal in front of them. Then get up again. He had a way of drifting, and then getting a bit of energy, and then drifting. He portrayed it extremely well.

It had exactly the effect we wanted it to have. We wanted rubbish to become a living terror – to show how disturbing it was. If that rubbish come together and start to terrorize us, how scary it could be. We creating the monsters, we creating the rubbish all over. All the flooding downtown because we throwing the bottles in the canals and stuff. Some people don’t see the monster of it in its natural form, but when you make it into a monster they see it.

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