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The Full Shebang festival returns to town

Posted onPosted on 23rd Jul

A free one-day festival bringing together national and local talent is returning for a third time with a packed line-up of performances in Mansfield.

The Full Shebang, fast becoming a key fixture on the cultural calendar, is produced and presented by local arts charity First Art.

Last year’s event attracted nearly 10,000 people and this year’s festival promises plenty more treats for those attending, including:

Why? by Gravity & Levity, which sees two dancers suspended in air as they perform a vertical dance.

Roll Play by Simple Cypher (Pictured top, Photo Credit Nick White), who will amaze with explosive tricks and artful dexterity as three performers blur the boundaries between hip hop and circus.

Books! by Tit for Tat, a madcap circus-theatre show for all ages about the importance of reading, with absurdity, eccentricity, and a whole lot of fire.

Forbidden Identity by Billy Read and Deaf Explorer, which explores the personal struggle of a deaf child growing up in a hearing world, using street dance, tutting, mime, and sign language.

Nikki Charlesworth’s What Happened To You? show, featuring three raggedy puppets just trying to get through the day. Watch them persevere and find creative ways to overcome their impassable surroundings, using humour to chase the frustration away.

Urban Astronaut by Highly Strung, an astronaut making his way through the streets, suspended on a flying machine, providing a glimpse of a not-so dystopian future.

Interactive street performances, including Time Machine Disco by Glass House Dance.

The Bureau of Silly Ideas – look out for wheelie bins Sid and Nancy and Barry the disco dancing portaloo.

Live music as part of Shebang Introducing, produced in partnership with Inspire Youth Arts featuring upcoming local musicians.

Hands on-activities, including circus and illustration workshops.

The festival takes place in Mansfield town centre, in and around the Market Place, and in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre.

This year the event will include audio description of the main performances and all performances will be BSL interpreted, with a BSL interpreter available throughout the day.

Access ambassadors will offer assistance to anyone with access-related needs and there will be live streaming of the main performances for those unable to attend in person

Several of the artists involved with this year’s The Full Shebang are disabled, including Billy Read from Forbidden Identity, who is deaf — as is the artistic director for Tit for Tat, who has a passion to convey silent stories.

The Full Shebang Festival is funded and supported by Arts Council England and Without Walls Touring Network Partnership with additional support from Mansfield District Council. Partners include Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Inspire Youth Arts and Inspire Libraries.

Organisers said a full programme and schedule will be at soon and via social media @CPPFirst Art (Facebook and Instagram) and @FirstArtProject (Twitter) #FullShebang22