Garden Party Weekend
MEarth MOthers / BONDED
Beady Eye & Alleyne Dance
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 May, 12.45pm & 3.30pm
This year’s Garden Party will look a little different to our usual get together in the park, but you can bet it’ll still be a magical weekend of free performance. This year, we’ll have four Zones, each with several performances from incredible artists and companies. Book this Zone to see Beady Eye’s MEarth MOthers and BONDED by Alleyne Dance.
MEarth MOthers are a trio of climate clowns in extraordinary costumes. They erupt from the stomach of Mother Earth to storm the streets leaving a trail of tarred teddies. The world as we know it is going down and the MOthers are having a noxious knees-up! They are the pendulum of the people, swinging between activism and hard-to-break habits, alone on their small, polluted island.
Why do we consume so much, why are we wrecking the world and what are we going to do about it? MEarth MOthers have a physical, fungal response through comedy, music, dance and shamanic ritual. (With your help, we’ll give thanks to the plastic in our lives).
This show has been made from recycled materials. Before the show, you might notice us repairing props and costumes whilst we move, sing and do laughter yoga together. You’re welcome to watch or join in from a distance!
We’re a neurodiverse company and we care about access. We’ve embedded audio-description in the show and visual cues and signage for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Beady Eye are Total Theatre and Arches Brick Award winners. They’ve toured to the Barbican (BITE), nationally and internationally.
New production, BONDED, explores the construct of human dependency – especially that of siblings – and how time and external conditions can affect the synergetic connection. Choreographed & performed by twin sisters, Kristina and Sadé, founders of Alleyne Dance, the work takes the audience through a transitional journey of inter-and-independency through abstract narrative.
Alleyne Dance is a UK based company with an international reach. Founded in 2014 by the sisters, the company works in two main strands, performance and participation.
Alleyne Dance’s choreographic aesthetic reflects the sisters diverse background in athletics and dance training. Within their abstract contemporary construct, Alleyne Dance blend Afro-Caribbean, Hip Hop, Kathak and Circus Skills, delivered as fast paced and dynamic movement. They infuse lyrical and fluid motion, layered with rhythm and textures in physically powerful, yet graceful performances.
Access Information – What to expect from the performances
MEarth MOthers: This is a performance with songs, dances and scenery that comes alive. There are fun costumes and set pieces for younger audiences to enjoy, and more complex song lyrics and spoken text that is more geared towards teen and adult audience members. The music and spoken English text are important to the performance, but you can still understand what’s happening by visuals alone. There are changes in volume, but nothing explosive or extremely sudden.
BONDED: BONDED is a dance performance in the round on a slightly raised stage. There is music, no written text, and the performance is speech-free. The music is important, but the performance can still be enjoyed without it. There are no distressing themes or sudden changes in the performance.
If you have any questions about the accessibility of this year’s Garden Party, or any of our Festival events, please email Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Age guidance: All ages welcome!
This event is Free, but you do need to book free tickets in advance.
Booking must be for one household or bubble for all in person events.
There will be staggered entry times for this event to ensure audiences can enter safely.
We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the event.
We encourage you to book digital, e-tickets to all the events you’re booking for this year.
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