We’re taking over Cathedral Square for 3 days of adventure and discovery. Wriggle through imaginative worlds with the bookworms; cast a wish at the Luck Dragon; battle at the Colosseum; and don’t forget to wait for the postman.
More information about Cathedral Square can be found here.
Thursday 25th July
12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner!
Made especially for public spaces and influenced by video games; First Person is a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology. Grab your headphones, predict your winner and cheer them on to the finish line.
by Rhubarb Theatre
1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Wriggling their way in and out of trouble, The Bookworms pop-up to bring their stories to life!
With a rickety handcart library and some novel ideas, surprises leap off the page wherever they roam. Join our funny guides as they worm their way into twisty and fantastic adventures through imaginative worlds. Rhubarb Theatre’s new touring festival show is ‘bound’ to be crazy!
The Wish Dragon
by Curious Oddities
Wake the slumbering dragon from the ancient well! His majestic face will appear from the deep and give you three chances to win a wish. Your challenge is to flip a jewel into one his large flaring nostrils. Success? If so a lucky chocolate wish coin is granted to you by the magical dragon's keeper.
Friday 26th July
A colossal play event for young and old, rooted in ancient Rome.
Challenge your inner Centurion, playing 3000 year old board games and take part in Gladiatorial “ROCK PAPER SCISSORS (to the death!) in our ‘Mini Colosseum’!
This event is part of the Festival Of Archaeology
Saturday 27th July
The Hare and The Tortoise
12pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm
The Hare And The Tortoise– Lop the Hare, the fastest animal in the forest, is distraught when she discovers that not a single animal signs up to compete in the Annual Animal Racing Contest, for fear of losing against the reigning champion. Hadrian the Tortoise decides to save the competition by volunteering to race against her. Baffled by the old shell’s foolish decision, but too proud to turn down the offer, Lop agrees to race Hadrian in what she believes will be her easiest race yet. Can slow and steady beat the fastest animal in the forest? Come one and all to the woodland place, Tortoise and Hare are having a race!
by Highly Sprung
12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3pm
Join Beewolf and her best friends Ashwood and Firebreath, her pet dragon, as they embark on a perilous journey to save the kingdom. Raised by bears and bristling with courage, Beewolf knows no fear. Can you help her and her friends as they embark on their most dangerous quest to date, to defeat a terrifying Ogre that has been rampaging through the kingdom? Help Beewolf and Ashwood hunt treasure, train as fearless fighters and listen to tales of death defying feats. Meet Firebreath, the tamest, friendliest dragon in the kingdom, play fetch, watch dragon tricks and have a go at some dragon agility trials…
Find the warrior inside you and join Beewolf on her mission to bring peace to the people!
by A Bird In The Hand
12.30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
Special Delivery is a simple story about the delights of trying something unexpected. When a heavily laden postman is suddenly surprised by a rain shower he discovers that all his packages have lost their labels. In the process of trying to work out the intended recipients, he discovers a bit more about the people on his rounds - and decides to bring a little sunshine into all of their lives. Special Delivery is a sweet and gentle show without words that appeals to both adults and children, blending beautiful puppetry with a good dollop of silliness.
Somnopolis: City of Dreamers
by Hipkiss & Graney
If a picture is worth 1000 words, how many stories are in a picture? Become story architects for a day, and build a tower in Story City from our illustrated cardboard bricks. Will you leave your story standing or knock it down? Maybe you'll add it to others to create an epic saga; or remove one brick to change everything.