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Wednesday 24 February 2016

Roll up for a unique carnival experience like no other!


Ever dreamt of running off to the circus?

Well now is your chance because a circus performance like no other is set to entertain families in Crewe -- and you can be part of it, thanks to support from Cheshire East Council.

Known as The Lost Carnival, audiences will be immersed in a large-scale outdoor theatre experience said to be unique in the world of the performing arts and based on the grand circuses and carnivals from the turn of the 20th century.

Organisers are now recruiting people of all ages who want to be part of the fun and become involved in a serious volunteering experience.

A dedicated volunteer scheme is offering local people the chance to develop lasting skills and contribute to the creation of an extraordinary event. The first workshop takes place in Crewe on March 9 at the MMU Crewe Campus.

The award-winning production company Wild Rumpus, in association with the arts organisations Bury Met and Ramsbottom Festival, will stage the event over three days at Crewe’s Queens Park during the Spring Bank Holiday (May 28 to 30)

Organisers are hoping for an audience of 9,000 over the three days, with members of the public contributing to the development of the story.

Volunteers can play a key part in staging the production, which is based on a story of the revival of a century-old carnival event that became lost in time.

The Congleton-based company is promising ‘spellbinding theatre and enthralling entertainment, including circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows,’ all around the story of two battling carnival families competing for supremacy.

Cheshire East Council is contributing £10,000 to the event as part of its commitment to promoting arts and culture in the Crewe area, stimulating engagement among residents.

Councillor Sam Gardner, Cabinet member for open spaces, said: “This is a large- scale family event based on a unique and exciting formula of audience participation, imaginative performance, fun and laughter.

“The company has an excellent track record in producing high-quality, family-focused events involving local artists.

“The nature of this production meets all the aspirations of the Council’s three year plan, promoting interest and involvement in the performing arts in Crewe and helping to stimulate the cultural economy of the town.

“We wish them every success with ‘The Lost Carnival’ and hope the event will be well supported by families.”

Sarah Bird, director of Wild Rumpus, said: “We are thrilled that Cheshire East Council is supporting us and we look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to take part. 

“Our volunteering scheme supports emerging talent and new skills in a variety of areas, including the creative industries, logistics, production and catering.”

“Volunteering will offer the opportunity to develop skills, team working experience, confidence in an exciting and challenging role and the chance to be a part of a landmark event in the town.”

Wild Rumpus works in partnership with local residents, artists, suppliers, partners and key Council teams to create a legacy of strengthened engagement in arts and culture.

The company seeks support and involvement from volunteers, schools and colleges, libraries, museums and other organisations. Local arts groups are especially encouraged to take part.

Workshops will take place in advance of the event at which volunteers can contribute creative art, story lines and any other ideas of a material or digital nature that will feature in the final production.

The Lost Carnival is staged by Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Ramsbottom Festival.)

Anyone wishing to get involved can find out more information and apply via (this is the link if you’d like to hyperlink it or contact Cathryn Peach, creative producer at 07812 671 908.

The event will take place from May 28 to 30 at Queen’s Park in Crewe – tickets £12.

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