Streets of Battle returned in April after a team of local producers was granted Arts Council Funding for 2018’s event. The festival brings top-notch street performers and entertainers to public spaces around Battle. Reviewed by Naomi Robinson

At the first event in April visitors enjoyed an extraordinary encounter with a Goblin Queen and her huge fire-breathing Dragon in Dragon Quest from Circo Rum Ba Ba. Too Many Cooks by Handmade Theatre was a sizzlingly scrumptious show, jam-packed with tasty tunes, popping puppets and a lot of silly sausages, and there were hair-raising circus skills from the UK Africa Acrobats as they juggled hats, bowls, people and bicycles. There were also stilt-walkers and drumming from Drumskullz.

At the next event on Saturday 26th May, audiences will meet Pongo, from The Flying Buttresses – an inquisitive, affectionate and cheeky eight-foot baby Obobee bird. The Grand Theatre of Lemmings’ woodland fairies will ride through Battle on unicorns enchanting with magical know-how, and Battle’s very own Youth Street Theatre group will perform their own show, created during the Festival with mentoring by Inside Out Theatre Company. Plus stilt-walkers.

And on Saturday 2nd June, Streets of Bexhill in Devonshire Road and Devonshire Square includes the wonderful L’Hotel by Circo Rum Ba Ba – the ‘smallest hotel in the world’ returns to usher in guests with a hilarious blend of slapstick, circus and disguise. The kit-bags loading a giant, travelling mule open to reveal magical miniature puppet shows in Kit and Caboodle by Thingumajig Theatre. And get ready for Granny Turismo – the world’s first (and only) Shopping Trolley Dance Display Team! When these girls arrive on their souped-up shopping trolleys, everybody knows about it. Plus stilt-walking and drumming from Section 5 drummers

Mandy Curtis, of 18 Hours, the local production company who have supported with funding applications and production, said “We’re thrilled to be helping this great community organisation bring Streets of Battle to life. The event brings some of the country’s best street performers to Battle for everyone to enjoy for free.”

For more information, look out for the Streets of Battle leaflet or visit the Streets of Battle Facebook page: facebook.com/battlestreetarts

 

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