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SIRF hits the road

Monday, July 25, 2016

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RESIDENTS in Billingham, Thornaby, Norton and Yarm will be treated to special SIRF taster performances as four fabulous acts go on tour across the Borough.

On 30 July, the Saturday before Stockton International Riverside Festival starts, visitors will be treated to exciting, live, family friendly performances which will provide a glimpse of what is to come throughout the four day festival.

Billingham Town Centre – 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Pif-Paf will be bringing their amazing Flycycle – a unique flying traveling machine. Climb aboard and be whisked off on an amazing adventure with Captain Bigshot. A fun, family-friendly performance but all ages are welcome!

Thornaby Town Centre – 12noon and 2.30pm

Inspired by the comic routines of Buster Keaton, Harpo Marx, Gene Kelly and Neil

Armstrong, Syrovy brings together silent-movie clowning, acrobatics and slackrope walking in a spectacular performance by street theatre specialists, Artizani.

Norton High Street – 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Fairly Famous Family brings ‘Anyone For Tennis?’ an interactive outdoor comedy tennis show to Norton High Street. Pulling the court, scoreboard and an umpire behind him, this unpredictable tennis player is sure to bring a little fun, laughter and audience participation.

Yarm High Street – 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Outdoor puppet theatre company, Frolicked will be bringing a rare set of exotic birds to Yarm High Street in what will be a is a great family show.  Their surprisingly trusting nature and repertoire of bird songs is not to be missed.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We want to encourage residents from all over Stockton-on-Tees to experience the magic of SIRF and that is why we are bringing these performances to High Streets and town centres across the Borough.   These fabulous taster shows are guaranteed to give people a flavour of what is going to be on offer at SIRF16.

“Meanwhile, at each of the 'taster' performances our dedicated SIRF Visitor Experience Team who will be on hand to answer questions, give advice and tips about the fabulous four day SIRF 16 programme to help people make the very most of the four day programme which will run from 4-7 August and is packed with more than 100 fantastic shows.”

SIRF is supported by Arts Council England. To see the latest news and the full festival programme, visit www.sirf.co.uk