Plays, dance and music take centre stage in Solihull's parks - The Solihull Observer

Plays, dance and music take centre stage in Solihull's parks

Solihull Editorial 21st Jun, 2024   0

THEATRE, dance and music is set to grace stages in Solihull parks this summer as part of a new cultural festival.

Fresh Air Theatre, which has been organised Solihull Culture, will see more than 40 free events from world class companies thanks to support from the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund.

The festival starts with Solihull’s very own vintage vocal harmony trio, The Boogaloo Babes, with a free concert on June 30 in Hillfield Park, with further performances on July 21 in Knowle Park and August 31 in Dickens Heath Park.

Creators of world class dance-circus productions, Motionhouse use dynamic parkour and rhythmic beats to perform HENGE in Shirley Park on July 28.

Sampad Arts take over Shirley Park on August 11, bringing an eclectic blend of South Asian culture, dance and music along with a selection of family-friendly workshops.

Circo Rum Ba Ba present The Crow House, inspired by silent movies this showcases a battle of acrobatics, trapeze, hat juggling, slapstick and audience participation on July 29 in Bentley Heath Recreation Ground, July 30 in Damson Lane Park and July 31 in Lanchester Park.

In RoguePlay’s Forests, performers climb and manipulate a tree, the acrobatic dance sees them throwing, clambering and trampling one another, whilst ropes entangle and bind, before the tree is finally felled amid an explosion of tree-less origami birds.

Shows will take place on August 3 in Lavender Hall Park, August 4 in Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, August 14 in Elmdon Park and August 15 in Dorridge Park.

Highly Sprung’s CastAway explores the impact of the throwaway society on waterways August 17 in Tudor Grange Park and August 18 in Lavender Hall Park.

The origins of Chelmsley Wood is set to come to life in multiple parks across the Borough from August 19 to 24.

The Chelmsley Tale includes characters such as Chelmund, the Woodlings and mischievous forest sprites.

On August 24, Ascension Dance present The Other Side in Knowle Park and Jubilee Park Olton.

This highly physical performance tackles the ideas of bridging differences and divides in order to all benefit. Watch the performers realise that the only way to succeed will be by finding a way to work together, support each other, and lift one another up.

Elmdon Park plays host to Out of the Deep Blue by Autin Dance Theatre on August 28.

Featuring a 13-foot tall puppet and promenade and theatre show this tells the magical story of Eko, a sea giant who rises from the deep ocean and encounters a courageous young girl named Violet.

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