A FREE two-day festival featuring nationally-renowned theatre companies will take place in Coventry next weekend.
Spring Up will feature magical outdoor theatre, live music and crafts workshops on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27 at FarGo Village.
Among the acts will be acclaimed Coventry theatre companies, including Talking Birds and The Wild Man of the Wood.
The Fabularium will tell the story of Leapa the Arctic Hare who attempts to save the Siberian Tundra from a villainous beast after the Sun disappears from the sky.
Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days will be given a modern twist by RoguePlay, in the form of an acrobatic adventure designed to introduce young audiences to environmental issues.
Performances from RoguePlay and Fabularium will have one accessible performance per day, including captioning and BSL interpretation.
Talking Birds will support performance captioning at the festival through The Difference Engine, which makes performances accessible to D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or partially-sighted audience members by delivering captioning or audio description to their mobile devices.
Other hands-on activities are set to include micro-animation workshops from FarGo’s own Let’s Animate, woodland shadow puppet workshops delivered by creative theatre company Babbling Vagabonds, and sustainable fashion pop ups from Coventry City of Culture’s Haus of Kraft programme and FabLab.
Live music, curated by local favourite Levi Washington, will take place throughout the weekend, with exclusive performances on the Saturday from 6pm at Factory, Commonground, and Twisted Barrel Brewery and Tap House.
Organisers have created the festival to give artists the platform to share stories that celebrate springtime and the natural world while encouraging sustainability and the appreciation of wildlife. It is aimed at visitors of all ages.
Find out more about the shows…..
Morning and afternoon shows on both days:
The Hare and The Moon by The Fabularium – fabularium.co.uk/the-hare-and-the-moon/
Around the World in 80 Days by RoguePlay – rogueplay.co.uk/around-the-world-in-80-days/
The Whale by Talking Birds – talkingbirds.co.uk/2020/01/06/the-whale-2/
Morning and afternoon shows on Saturday only:
The Ugly Bugs Wingding by Enter Edem – enteredem.co.uk/touring-shows-and-experiences/#uglybugs
Bee-ology by Bumble Movement Arts – bumblemovementarts.com/shows
Shows througout the day on Sunday only:
The Wild Man of the Wood – songandstory.co.uk/wildman.html
A word from FarGo Village’s events manager
Lucy Thompstone, Events Manager at FarGo Village, said: “We are extremely excited to bring together some of the UK’s most renowned outdoor theatre acts, performers and artists in one space at FarGo Village for a unique event inspired by nature and the arrival of spring.
“People will get to see some truly exciting and original performances from pioneering outdoor theatre groups for free as all of the events, with the exception of some of the workshops, will be free to attend.
“We’d like to thank all of the fantastic artists, performers and producers who have come together to help us put on this brand-new event, and want to extend an invite to the people of Coventry to celebrate the world we live in in one of the city’s most creative spaces.”
Visit fargovillage.co.uk/events/spring-up-festival for more on Spring Up which has been funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England.
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