‘Streets’ festival event highlights
Streets of Battle, a free festival which took place on 26th March, delivered a variety of street theatre including a dance performance, comedy, juggling, stilts, drummers and a fortune telling booth, delighting crowds who braced the cold temperatures on Battle Abbey Green.
Event highlights included Levantes Dance Theatre, who collaborated with students from local performing arts school MK Studio, to perform their ‘High Tea with a Twist’, an acrobatic high jink above a tastefully laid table, wowing audience members with their performance.
Dan the Hat had the crowd in stitches with his comedy act, juggling, spinning and performing stunts, often including audience members in his antics. The Circo Rum BaBa brought along the mysterious and funny ‘Fortune Telling Booth’, gliding through the High Street, approaching unsuspecting members of the public with her humorous and questionable predictions.
Local talent was on display from Section 5 drummers, ‘Streets’ favourite Dolly Delicious, as well as slapstick street theatre from Inside Out Theatre Company. Inside Out are mentoring students from Battle & Langton and young people from Hastings and Bexhill Mencap in street theatre skills – these performances will be at the next Streets of Battle on 7th May and at Streets of Bexhill on 28th May.
May event performances
The next event in the ‘Streets’ calendar is the new Streets of Rye on 30th May from 11am-3pm. The event will bring an array of walkabout performances including the East End rogues ‘Ron and Don’ by Fair Play Comedy, the ‘Magical Butterfly’ by Amy Amelia Arts. Plus, the ‘Cod Choir’ by The Grand Theatre of Lemmings and the 2 Men’s cheeky ‘Wardens’, bringing their questionable law enforcement to town.
In addition, this year Puddings and Pathways will celebrate the regeneration of the 1066 Country Walk on 14th May from 11am-2pm with Circo Rum Baba’s ‘1066, What Women’ – a light-hearted look at the forgotten females of 1066, will be told in three scenes at three venues.
Walkers will be able to see the performances along the 4.3km part of the 1066 Country Walk between Winchelsea and Icklesham and enjoy 1066 inspired puddings.