Street theatre with the ‘wow factor’

Pi Leau at The Stade
Pi Leau at The Stade

THOUSANDS of people gathered on The Stade as street theatre company Close Act brought the wow factor to Hastings.

Pyrotechnics, acrobatics and theatre were present in abundance on Saturday evening, as they performed their extravaganza Pi Leau: Can a Fisherman Save the World? to a crowd of all ages.

Moving among the 3,000-strong audience were a whole host of mermaids, whales, fishermen, and deadly fish.

Councillor Peter Chowney, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, said, “This was an extraordinary performance. The acrobatics and showmanship were breathtaking and the atmosphere was electric. The audience was part of the spectacle as we were jostled and moved around by the performers and the incredible structures - it’s no exaggeration to say that we were overawed.

“This was the perfect springboard to launch a summer of music, art and performance on the Stade Open Space. It’s all part of our Stade Saturdays programme of events, brought to you by Hastings Borough Council, with additional funding from the Arts Council.”

Tomorrow evening (Saturday, June 30) ensemblebash take to the Stade Open Space, at 7.30pm, using the music of West Africa as their base, and offering a contemporary mix of classical, jazz and musical theatre.

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