London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts is back in town for a nine-day extravaganza of theatre, dance and street arts. This year, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival will feature over 150 performances by 30 national and international companies. Wowser. With so much to choose from, we thought you might appreciate a few recommendations…
As The World Tipped: 21-22 Jun
First up is UK-based bungee theatrics group Wired Aerial Theatre. Writer and Director Nigel Jamieson creates a gripping visualisation of the potential consequences that could occur if governments continue to fail to come to terms with the reality of climate change. Staged on a expansive 12m square screen in the sky, they promise thought-provoking messages, complimented by staggering visuals that would turn the heads of even the most stringent of anti-environmental supporters. National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich. Tickets free, 10pm.
A High Street Odyssey: 28-29 Jun
Ever thought of your high street as any more than a meandering re-hash of chicken shop/bench/big brand name/bollard/chicken shop/etc? If not, join the award-winning Inspector Sands (no, this isn’t a Tube emergency) who will be delving a little deeper into the histories that lie behind some of the UK’s biggest high street names. Who is Claire and when did she get so into accessories? This free, witty tour of Woolwich High Street will uncover some surprising secrets. Meet at The Coffee Lounge, Equitable House, 29 Greens End, Woolwich. Tours run every hour from 11am.
The Great Greenwich Whale 20-23 Jun
Luckily this isn’t a repeat of the events seven years ago when a whale beached up on London’s shores. Instead, this is a 17-metre art installation made from glass fibre attempting to raise awareness about the dangerous rise of whales being spotted around the British coastline. There will be talks from the British Divers Marine Association explaining what would happen if 2006’s fate reoccurred, as well as performers appearing to conduct scientific investigations. The sculpture will be moved to the Old Royal Naval College from Friday 21 June where it will be made viewable to the public. King Charles Lawn, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10, Tickets free, 12-8pm.
Remor: 21-23 June
The stage: a large metal rusty container. The scene: an exact replica of a Majorcan prison cell. The performance: brilliant, we hope. Winner of last year’s Total Theatre Award at Edinburgh Fringe, Remor is an intimate and physical performance from a duo who attempt to share space, a sentence and survival. Remor are part of a new micro-theatre movement in response to the financial crisis and are shipping into Greenwich for their only London dates. Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10, Tickets free, times various.
One Million: 28-29 Jun
Another aerial spectacle, Tangled Feet will tell the story of the one million under 25’s in the UK currently unemployed, and their struggle to latch on to the footing of the job ladder. The action takes place above and around the audience, as aerial acrobats, dancers and musicians interweave through viewers. Powis Street, Woolwich, SE18, Tickets free, 10pm.
Find out more about Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.