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Crowds flock to SIRF’s 30th birthday opener

Friday, August 4, 2017

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A DARING aerial theatre show got SIRF’s 30th birthday programme off to a flying start on Stockton’s riverside last night.

Crowds gathered to see the UK premiere of ‘Frameshift’, a vertical performance featuring contemporary and b-boy dancing set across three aerial rigs.

The rigs served as screen projectors, stage and dance floor for the performers with some, harnessed and hanging like bats, traversing the structure’s vertical walls.

Co-produced by Australian physical theatre company, Stalker Theatre and Korean vertical performance group, Creative Dandi, Frameshift is a journey through time.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “It was a real coup to host this UK premiere and there’s plenty more in store over the coming days.

“We’ve got theatre, circus, dance, and even virtual reality! There really is something for everyone and no two days are the same so come along and enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment.”

SIRF 17 is on until Sunday (August 6) and will offer up to 30 individual shows a day from 1.15pm until 11pm.

Ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) shows is a birthday-themed SIRF Community Carnival, which starts at 12noon in Stockton Town Centre.

SIRF closes on Sunday night, as British show makers Cirque Bijou bring their ground-breaking fire wire spectacle to Trinity Green from 10pm.

For more information about SIRF and to see the full festival programme visit

There will be a number of road and car park closures throughout Stockton Town Centre while SIRF17 takes place.  For details visit

SIRF is supported by Arts Council England.