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PERFORMERS AT THE WITHAM PUPPET FESTIVAL 2018

Angie Mack's Hula Hoop show
10.30am, 12 noon & 2.30pm Newland Street (Road Closure)

Hoops, hoops and more hoops!
Join Angie Mack on her hula hoop journey through the ages and across the globe, taking you from the giant 6ft hoop, all the way through to the multi-hooping human tower.
Angie moves effortlessly across the performance space spinning and manipulating hoops at will before bringing the whole thing to a stunning finale.
This hooptastic interactive comedy street show is jam-packed with highly skilled hula hoop tricks, iconic music and a whole lot of heart.

The Bookworms
11.00am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm Witham Library

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 returns with this fun and fantastical festival show.
A 30min show for  children and families who enjoy live performance, mime, physical theatre, mischief and laughter.

Bubble Wizard
12.30pm & 1.30pm The Newland Centre
3.00pm Newland Street (Road Closure)

3.00pm High Street

The Bubble Wizard - back by popular demand to amaze and thrill as he brings out the magic in bubbles.

The Dinosaur & Explorer
11.00am The Newland Centre

12.30pm High Street
2.00pm The Grove Centre

The Dinosaur & Explorer - Captain John Voyage has been shipwrecked on our shores and is attempting to return his beautiful dinosaur, Odysseia the Parasaurolophus, to the late Cretaceous period of The Land that Time Forgot.  Help him as he studies his map or make friends with the dinosaur and show her that not all humans are barbaric cavemen.

The Flame Guys
11.30am Newland Street (Road Closure)

1.00pm The Grove Centre
2.30pm The Newland Centre

The flaming cool guys have the most striking costumes and are over two metres tall.  A musical juggling walkabout.

Flamingoes
10.30am The Newlands Centre
12.00 noon & 2.00pm The Grove Centre

Introducing Issiah and Florence, two magnificent 10 foot flamingos and their ever knowledgeable handler, Harriet Bird.

Football Crazy
12.00 noon The Newlands Centre
1.30pm & 3.30pm Newland Street (Road Closure)

“It’s a funny old game”

Welcome to the world’s only mobile football stadium, complete with referee and commentator.’One a side/  football just got serious!

As the pitch moves around the streets the stadium sound system plays all your favourite football tunes while referee encourages the public to get involved.  Meanwhile commentator keeps everyone entertained with his constant stream of opinions, statistics and ‘deep’ thoughts the unfolding mini football cup final.

With  “top top volunteers” from the crowd both giving 110% in literally a game of one half……the winner leaves with a gleaming gold trophy and the title of “The special one”

Incredible Creature
11.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm The Grove Centre


An Incredible Creature has arrived from a hidden magical world - come and discover where she comes from, why she is here, what she eats and much more or stop for a gentle pat and a photo.   

Jelly Roller - The Dragon
10.30am, 12.00 noon, 1.00pm & 2.00pm High Street

A beautifully crafted wooden dragon which is available as a musical installation, forming the perfect centrepiece to an event.

All ages are invited to operate the half dozen handles which launch 12ft tall George the Dragon into a grand display of hand cranked contraptioneering. He plays music, blows bubbles and displays the joys and ingenuity of mechanical engineering. Just turn the handles to generate smiles and laughter.

Kit & Caboodle
11.00am, 1.30pm & 3.00pm The Grove Centre

With miniature puppet shows inside a big, rolling mule puppet, the timeless theme of migration is packaged up in Thingumajig’s latest street act, KIT AND CABOODLE.A pack mule with its beautiful burden of tales is joined by two well-travelled companions. Bags and cases open to reveal stories and songs of remarkable journeys from the staggering sojourn of a butterfly to people past and present who set out in search of a better life.

The Latin Horses
10.30am & 2.00pm The Newlands Centre
12.30pm Newland Street (Road Closure)

Inspired by the Ferias de Cali in Colombia, two hilarious characters will parade the town on their ‘Latin Horses’.  Keep an imaginary sugar lump in your pocket or a carrot for these cheeky and endearing characters!

The Meanderthals
10.30am The Grove Centre
12.30pm & 3.30pm The Newlands Centre

Two fantasy walkabout characters carry their enormous loads humming to themselves. Their roving, blinking eyes view the passers by with interest, and occasionally they issue a gigantic sneeze. When they slow to a halt they are spurred on by the little disgruntled passengers stowed away in the luggage.

Pongo
11.30am High Street
1.00pm Newland Street (Road Closure)
3.30pm The Newlands Centre

Meet Pongo, the world's only eight-foot baby Obobee bird a flightless bird who is allergic to features and quite adorable.  Pongo will be accompanied by Bill Oddity, an eccentric pet shop owner who carries with him a menagerie of the galaxy's extraordinary creatures as he searches for a way home to his 'other world'.

Punch & Judy
11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm The Newlands Centre

Popular with both young and old visitors to the Puppet Festival the traditional Punch and Judy shows will be sure to draw a large audience throughout the day. Watch Punch, Judy and their friends as they get up to their antics. Be prepared to join in with the shouts of 'he's behind you' and 'that's the way to do it' as the stories unfold.

Shed of Stories
10.30am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.00pm, 1.45pm & 3.15pm Witham Library

Overnight a small mysterious shed appears.  The doors are opened, words and stories tumble out, music and laughter fill the air and stories are told in a variety of ways.

Tales will be told at various intervals throughout the day.  Between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together.  There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece.

Skillywidden
11.30am, 1.00pm & 2.30pm The Grove Centre

Legend has it there are five types of faery in Cornwall: the Small Folk, the Piskies, the Knockers, the Brownies and - most mischievous of all - the Spriggans.
Come on a journey through the countryside as we search for these elusive creatures, while at the same time learning all about the bees, bats, birds and butterflies who live alongside them. Meet Skillywidden, the mischievous Pisky, and all of his faery friends! Watch the dance of the ‘beautiful’ Faery Queen! Marvel at the incredible Book Of Nature as it literally comes alive before your eyes! Gasp at the antics of Brian, the amazing mind-reading pig!  
Skillywiddenis a celebration of the wildlife and faery myths of Cornwall, using Squashbox Theatre’s distinctive mix of puppets, songs, storytelling and cabaret, with a strong environmental message. More crazy characters, more silly slapstick, more tall tales and more fantastic facts!

For children aged 5+ and their families.

The Crow House
12.00 noon & 2.00pm The Newlands Centre

A derelict house appears in the middle of the street. The windows are shattered and a keep out sign bars the front door. A furious bird has taken up residency in the chimney and squawks territorially when anyone comes near the house.
One by one three different characters arrive and try to take over the house. A battle of wills and skills ensues with ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing and ingenious plans evolving as each person tries to gain a room inside.  Be ready for a frenzy of acrobatics, silks trapeze, hat juggling and slap stick as they begin to accept each other.  The only remaining problem ... the furious bird in the chimney.

A wonderful silent movie inspired show using an eclectic mix of circus, puppetry, musical saw, harp playing and audience participation.

The Dragons Trio
11.00am, 12.30pm & 3.00pm The Grove Centre

Inspired by Gaudi sculptures in Barcelona, The Dragons veer between high-energy prancing and sculptural stillness, with their long tongues tousling your hair and their lizard like movements. They leap from one place to another – but beware! - they are very interested in the contents of your bags, your pockets or even your sandwiches.

The Wardens
11.30am The Newlands Centre
1.30pm & 2.30pm High Street

Colin and Tom Jones are twin brothers. From a very young age they would play for hours on end at being Wardens. Impounding each other’s toy cars and clamping the rocking horse or prosecuting each other for any minor misdemeanour they could think of. It was no surprise that they became fully fledged Wardens when they grew up.

No one is safe! They have been empowered with the jurisdiction to enforce any rule or law they see fit. These may include: breathing too loudly, walking on the cracks in the pavement without a permit, walking without due care and attention, wearing a loud shirt in a built up area, possession of an offensive child, whistling or humming an infectious song, walking whilst using a mobile phone, or stopping in a no stopping area.  Watch out or you may find that you end up with a ticket!

Titan The Robot
11.00am Newland Street (Road Closure)
1.00pm & 3.00pm CoFunds Car Park

'8ft of Steaming Robotic Loveliness'

The Titan the Robot show is a unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creating a fascinating show that is unrivalled in the world today! Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, Titan is the ultimate family entertainment comedy show where you come to expect the unexpected!

Treemendous
11.30am The Newlands Centre
2.00pm Newland Street (Road Closure)

3.00pm The Grove Centre

Loveable lumbering Treemendous Treants to bring a touch of magic to the town.  These giant trees come armed with an arsenal of tree-mendous tree related humour.

The Big Sing Choir
1.30pm The Newlands Centre

The Big Sing Choir will be performing some well-known songs which will get your feet tapping and your hands clapping. Come and join in with this uplifting performance.

Particular thanks must go to our sponsors and partners;

• Acacia Business Services Ltd
• A.N. Other Barbers
• Advance Digital Graphics
• Belson & Sons Optometrists
• Boots
• Borno Pharmacy
• Braintree District Council
• Churchill's Fish & Chips
• Cofunds
• Compliant Solutions Ltd
• Costa Coffee
• Donovans Ice Cream
• Ellis Amusements
• Gershwin Park Nursery School
• Mama Dells
• Morrisons
• New River Retail
• The Newlands Centre
• Redrow Homes
• Specsavers Opticians
• Subway
• Team Kinetix Parkour
• The Grove Shopping Centre
• The White Hart Hotel
• Tesco
• Visions of Witham Opticians
• Witham Chamber of Commerce
• Witham Library
• WitLet
• Witham & District Lions
• Ying Oriental Home Gourmet
• Yaxley Hair & Beauty


Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who have helped to create this year's Witham Puppet Festival

 
The organisers of the festival reserve the right to alter the performance programme.