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Tangled Feet take to the streets of Spalding for the Burntwater Festival

  • Date: 21 July 2014
  • Area: Midlands
From Tangled Feet's production One Million

From Tangled Feet's production One Million . Credit: Photograph by Warren King

Transported, the Creative people and places programme in Boston and South Holland, Lincolnshire, is welcoming the award-winning theatre company Tangled Feet to Spalding for a weekend of spectacular outdoor performances inspired by the town’s history and heritage.

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August, the Burntwater Festival will see the market town of Spalding play host to a series of unique and exciting free theatre performances by Tangled Feet.

Over the course of the weekend the festival will unstitch and re-sew Spalding’s famous history of trade, shipping, forging and flowers. Mixing physical theatre, music, fire, pyrotechnics and dance with the landscape of South Holland and the River Welland, Tangled Feet will dig into the town’s past to explore its present for audiences to enjoy.

“Being able to bring Tangled Feet to the Transported programme has been a really exciting privilege,” said Nick Jones, Programme Director, Transported. “They have created what promises to be a remarkable event that will stick in the mind of Spalding residents for years to come.

“It is a truly original and dynamic response to the area and we hope will inspire people to want to do more and bigger in the future.”

On Saturday 2 August, six characters will begin to appear around Spalding, starting at Springfields Festival Gardens before moving through The Springfield Outlet Shopping Centre. From here they will embark on the water taxi they discover before trading their wares in the market place and make metal bend at the forge.

In the evening, from Chain Bridge Forge and Twin Bridges, audiences will watch as performers roam on stilts, paddle board down the river, juggle fire, spin wheels on water, make things grow and make the town glow.

On Sunday 3 August, Tangled Feet will be found at Ayscoughfee Hall, celebrating the memories of Spalding, its people, its past and its most recent arrivals. As memories are floated on the memorial canal, overlooked by the Hall’s beautiful gardens, new arrivals will float amongst the voices of the past.

Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes to take part and celebrate with live music, May Pole dancing and theatre performances.

Find out more

Click here for more information about the Burntwater Festival.

To find out more about Arts Council England’s Creative people and places programme, click here.