Quirky and flamboyant street theatre will take over Bradford’s City Park for a weekend later this month.
Slings catapulting acrobats high in the air, a play depicting Muslim female boxers and Twitter-themed hunt for ‘superstar divas’ are just some of the acts planned for this year’s Bradford Festival, which includes the Bradford Mela.
The final programme of events has now been released for the festival, which will run from Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15.
On Friday, the focus is on live music, with performances by Bradford five-piece Wilful Missing and blues singer-guitarist Angelo Palladino.
Saturday’s events include Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, a show by British theatre company Les Enfants Terribles. In the show, an exotic caravan will mysteriously arrive in City Park, packed with Vaudeville acts, live musicians and puppeteers.
Aerial acrobatics company The Dream Engine, which performed at the opening of City Park in 2012, is also returning with a new show.
In Sling Pole an acrobat will be catapulted high into the air to perform a death-defying, high-altitude routine.
Genre-bending Sheffield theatre company Pif-Paf will stage three separate acts.
Something To Hold is a fast-paced physical theatre piece performed on an aerial frame, while Flycycle and Submercycle are two interactive strolling street theatre performances.
Freedom Studios, which is based in Bradford’s Little Germany, will stage a pop-up interactive theatre show combining clowning and spontaneous improvisation.
And Shipley’s Q20 Theatre will bring a mixture of slapstick comedy, mime and audience participation as a silent movie trio perform Silent Movies Come to Life.
Madcap local duo Fools Rush In are putting on a circus comedy act, incorporating juggling and a tall unicycle.
People will be able to watch charcoal artworks come to life as local artist Lou Sumray sketches scenes from the festival.
Social cyberspace and street theatre are set to collide in #incognito where the audience are encourage to hunt down three Superstar Divas, take pictures of them and post them on Twitter using the hash tag by the same name.
Technology also plays a strong role in The Carry Principle.
Using only iPads and battery-powered amplifiers, Discrete Machines will incorporate the sounds of the urban environment and festival into a spontaneous, improvised performance.
Sunday is the Bradford Mela day.
Entertainment includes a taster performance of a new play challenging stereotypes about Muslim women.
Award-winning Bradford theatre company Common Wealth Theatre will present No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, which explores what it’s like to do the unexpected and is based on the experiences of real Muslim female boxers.
A mythical character complete with full armour will journey on a time-travelling, steam-billowing machine in Nutkhut’s Swyron.
The British Asian company will also stage three stilt-walking acts.
Curious Cargo’s, Lollipop Patrol and Lost Luggage Porters will create mayhem as they direct people across imaginary roads and rush to load the last train.
On both Saturday and Sunday, young children can turn detective for the Bradford Playhouse’s Great Duck Hunt.
They will be tasked with tracking down and interrogating characters played by actors in order to capture the missing Bradford Duck.
All young detectives are requested to report to Duck HQ, a special tent next to City Park’s Mirror Pool.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for culture, said: “I’m really looking forward to Bradford Festival this year.
She added:“It has a good mix of Bradford talent as well as an opportunity to see acts which have not yet been to the city.”