The Piece Hall Welcome Weekend

AN ARRAY OF COLOURFUL ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE PIECE HALL WELCOME WEEKEND 19-20 AUGUST 2017 12 noon – 5pm

A weekend packed with music, dance, comedy and theatre brings The Piece Hall’s courtyard to life. Expect creative, spontaneous and downright silly performances.

CIRCUS RAJ
From the streets of Rajasthan, this veritable supergroup of elite circus performers bring a spectacular display of their amazing skills to The Piece Hall. Performing breath-taking acts of courage and bravery they take this ancient, mystical and magical circus format to even greater heights. Circus Raj’s cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers, with the eye-watering displays by their fakir, present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, music, laughter and surprise.

FAIRLY FAMOUS FAMILY: GROW YOUR OWN
This show sees the green- fingered comedy duo showcase their magic tricks; from razor-sharp lemon juggling to bunny escapology – a thrilling recreation of Peter Rabbit’s daring escape from Mr. McGregor’s sack. Interactive, colourful, and completely organic, Grow Your Own will harvest your biggest belly-laughs.

KAPOW: ADRIFT
Adrift is a powerful story of two women, lost at sea on an old wooden raft. Written and performed by Kapow, this moving performance is a battle against the odds. It will take you on an epic journey across oceans, witnessing danger, courage and struggles as the characters learn to live together in this small and unpredictable landscape. Performed in the round on an incredible set spinning 360’, this environmentally conscious piece merges dance, physical theatre and circus to illustrate human influence on the world around us.

OSADIA
Osadia take hairstyling to the next level with an other-worldly display of imaginative hair sculpture. The Catalan duo invite curious audience members to take a seat in the barber’s chair where they’ll transform you with their outlandish hair creations. Expect a wild and wonderful makeover as the sculptures take shape before your eyes.

ARTIZANI: SYROVY
Artizani is one of Europe’s most stylish street acts, combining traditional circus skills with a vaudevillian repertoire of routines and an eye for the surreal image. Having travelled the globe, from Singapore to Barbados, Syrovy, has been in high-demand for almost 15 years. Now, he makes his way through The Piece Hall gates and into our unique space where everyday objects will take on a mind of their own. From newspaper sails to a waterfall of cutlery, Syrovy will battle with inanimate items until he finds balance on a wobbling, bouncing rope.

CURIOUS CARGO: THE TEMPERANCE SOCIETY
Look out for The Temperance Society, a prim and proper bunch, practicing restraint from fun and frivolity. As passionate campaigners of traditional Victorian values, they’ll dust down your decorum, straighten your backbone, and sort out your p’s from your q’s.

SMALLEST THEATRE IN THE WORLD: HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Grand Theatre of Lemmings bring the Smallest Theatre in the World to The Piece Hall. This fully functioning theatre sits on the side-car of an old Royal Enfield motorbike and seats just two whilst entertaining dozens of bystanders. Performing Hound of the Baskervilles, Lemmings present a Sherlock Holmes tale like never before.

PLUNGE BOOM: VEGETABLE NANNIES
Established by Ben Faulks – no other than CBeebies’ award-winning character Mr Bloom – Plunge Boom is a local street theatre company, touring playful, engaging and hands-on shows across Britain and beyond.
Two everyday gardeners who’ve taken their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip, will wheel an ancient Victorian pram laden with the prized collection of Vegetable Babies into our courtyard. No doubt the Nannies will need a hand in taking care of the baby fruit and vegetables, especially at that crucial feeding time.

WHALLEY RANGE ALL STARS: YE GODS
Ye Gods is an intricate model town watched over by three figures of fate. They gradually bring the town to life with a witty use of objects and a vivid sound installation. But not all things in this little world are rosy – a scene of destruction ensues as a rogue weather system hits the town. Featuring striking visuals, dubious deities and a micro-apocalypse, Ye Gods will have the audience crying “Ye Gods!” by the end.

DESPERATE MEN: SLAPSTICK AND LAUGHTER
Two men recklessly attempt to confront the absurdity of war in just 40 minutes, using their bodies, their voices and the surrealist toolbox of DADAism. This theatre show splatters big ideas on a small canvas, exploring art’s reaction to the war’s wholesale destruction of lives, the old order and old hypocrisies and finding echoes in equally absurd modern conflicts. Playful, physical and blackly comedic.

FROLICKED: NEVER TOO OLD
A cheeky Grandpa and a feisty Grandma battle it out for your affections – an octogenarian couple who delight and entertain with their antics and arguments. Never Too Old is a love story with a difference proving that you’re never really too old to do anything…

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