Festival Line Up: Roll Up, Roll Up 

Shepton Mallet

Running Order, Saturday 7th March, 10am - 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10am – 4pm, Horace the Pilosaur, Emerald Ant CiC, The Market Square

Tickets can be booked on the day for the cinema experience (there will be lots of screenings inside Horace's tummy!) but anyone can come and see Horace and have a look inside  and brush his teeth!

  • Open to all to visit. Tickets to go inside are FREE need to be booked be booked this event in advance

Horace the Pliosaur is a giant, 35 foot-long sea lizard. Fresh out of the Jurassic ocean, Horace is 165 million years old. That’s even older than your Grandad. Brought to you by his dotty groom Joe, audiences are invited to explore Horace and help prepare him for the day, brushing his teeth and massaging his paddles, before venturing inside his belly on a cinematic journey full of slimy surprises!

 

“The highlight for the children was Horace the Pliosaur – a large puppet dinosaur which you could actually climb inside to watch an interactive film inside its belly. This was exciting and enchanting – immersive street theatre at its very best; the creation of Emerald Ant, containing a film by the great Forkbeard Fantasy theatre group.”   www.festivalkidz.com

 

 “It was so good I want to keep it. Best show ever” Joseph, Aged 5

10am – 4pm, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

No Need to book just turn up!

  • Workshops accessed on a first come first served. Show open to all

Come and we wow-ed by the South West’s leading circus company as they show showcase a range of incredible circus acts. From stilt-walking to unicycle riding, from walking on a bed of nails to knife throwing, from juggling to Ariel acrobatics! And as well as seeing their amazing performances why not give it a go yourself? They will have a range of circus equipment for children to have a go on.

10am                                     Stilt Walking

10:30 – 12pm                    Circus Workshops

12:30 - 1pm                        Higher Beings Circus Show 1

1:30 –3:00pm                   Higher Beings Circus Workshop

3:30 – 4:00pm                   Higher Beings Circus Show 2

10am – 4pm, Pete and the Dragons Wassail Theatre Company, Walkabout Theatre Show, The Market Square

No Need to book just turn up!

‘Pete Steel’ is Somerset’s tour guide!   Pete shares stories about the weird and wonderful creatures (including human people!) that live in Somerset.  He reveals hidden aspects of Somerset’s past, present and future.  He’s the link between our own world, and magical, mysterious Somerset.  What’s most fun, is that he often doesn’t realise he’s doing any of this.  He’s just trying to earn enough money to buy a new hat.  But in doing so, he reveals a lot more of himself than he sets out to. Join Pete and his friend as they try to find out the story of Shepton Mallet and the Dragons – using audience participation!

10am – 10:45am, Grimms Fairytales, PaddleBoat Theatre Company, The Art Bank

Reserve your FREE tickets by booking here - FULLY BOOKED

Grab yourself a Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows, wrap up warm and come and join PaddleBoat Theatre Company to share some Grimms Fairytales and maybe even join in on the action yourself!

10am, Stilt Walking, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

No Need to book just turn up!

10:30 – 12pm, Circus Workshops, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

No Need to book just turn up!

10:45 – 11:30am, Da’Silva Marionette Circus Troupe, Noisy Oyster Theatre Company, St Paul’s Community Centre                     

  • Tickets are FREE need to be booked be booked this event in advance

Reserve your FREE tickets by booking here - FULLY BOOKED

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls . . . the circus has come to town!

Come, and be amazed by ariel acrobatics on the flying trapeze, spectacular cycling

stunts, trampolining ups and downs, and laugh at the antics of the cheeky clowns - one

of whom takes the joke that bit too far - with disastrous consequences!

 

The DaSilva marionette circus troupe has been delighting audiences of all ages, around

the world, for almost half a century. Each of the one third life-size marionettes has been individually crafted to perform its own feat of dazzling dexterity, on the big top stage.

 

This traditional family show, now in its second generation, has been brought right up to

date with all the thrills and spills of a real-life circus. This 45 minute show uses no less than 16 beautifully crafted trick marionettes and integrates the puppeteers into the circus performance, creating a buoyant and memorable piece of theatre for all ages.

11:45am – 12:45pm, My Great Giraffe The Musical, at Shepton Mallet Library 

A musical about the voices of children, the planet and not having all the answers...

When Pen finds a giraffe in the garden, it doesn't take long for her parents to take advantage of it. Surely there's a reason why it came to the garden in the first place...

Suitable for children aged 5 - 100 who aren't afraid of giraffes.

This is the debut performance of this show currently in development with Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse. Plus enjoy the chance to hang out with a life-size giraffe puppet after the performance...

12:30 - 1pm, Circus Show 1, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

From stilt-walking to unicycle riding, from walking on a bed of nails to knife throwing, from juggling to Ariel acrobatics!

 

1:30 – 3:00pm, Circus Workshop, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

2 – 3pm, Hansel and Gretel, Paddleboat Theatre Company, St Paul’s Community Centre

  • Tickets are FREE need to be booked be booked this event in advance

Reserve your FREE tickets by booking here

An Interactive treat for families, and anyone who would enjoy a relaxed, inclusive theatre experience. Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs and sharing their story as they go. The mischievous siblings are searching for the magical market at the heart of the forest – but if they’re not careful they’ll find more than just sweets waiting for them in the deep dark woods...

2:45 – 3:30pm, Wandering Meanderthals, Noisy Oyster, Walkabout Theatre, Market Place

No Need to book just turn up!

Come and see the wandering meanderthals, carrying their enormous loads as they wander the streets of Shepton. Watch out for their gigantic sneezes and disgruntled passangers stowed away in their luggage!

3:00 – 3:45pm, The Inner Sense of Trees, Tara Joy, Author and Storyteller, with Musical Accompaniment by Dean Skinner,

The Art Bank

Reserve your FREE tickets by booking here

Join local author and storyteller Tara Joy who will share her illustrated story: The Inner Sense of Trees – a brightly illustrated epic adventure designed to inspire the reader to consider the true importance of nature. Tara will read her story alongside projected visuals and live musical accompaniment. This inspirational story highlights the importance of trees, rivers, mountains and working together for the common good.

3:30 - 4pm, Circus Show 1, Higher Beings Circus, The Market Square

From stilt-walking to unicycle riding, from walking on a bed of nails to knife throwing, from juggling to Ariel acrobatics!

Thank you to the student programming panel from the six schools who helped programme and choose the work and to our funders The Arts Council, Wells Literature Festival, Frampton's in Shepton Mallet and our supporters Men's Shed & Many others!

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