Dozens of children and adults have been busy making preparations for what promises to be the most exciting and original community winter event on the Island this season: The West Wight Community Fireshow.
Last minute changes have been made to the programme for this Saturday’s West Wight Community Fireshow: Thor’s Revenge
Like so many events earlier this year, recent heavy rain has once again taken its toll, causing Totland Recreation Ground, the site for the large scale outdoor performance, fire display and fireworks, to be deemed unfit for use due to sodden ground.
Chris Slann, Executive Director for the New Carnival Company, who is coordinating the event said
We are so disappointed not to be able to go ahead with the full spectacle of the show; however we shall still put on the illuminated street parade which will feature all the characters from Thor’s Revenge plus beautiful willow and tissue paper lanterns on the Fireshow theme.
Frankie Goldspink, Learning and Participation Manager for the New Carnival Company said We will not be beaten by the weather! So many local people have spent weeks of their time planning, rehearsing and making costumes and props for this show. We will endeavour to present the drama of Thor’s Revenge in a scaled down version at St Saviours School after the procession. Regrettably we will have to omit some of the planned outdoor fire effects and the bonfire but I am confident the quality of the performance will stand its ground and audiences will not be disappointed.
Thor’s Revenge – The Parade will leave St Saviours School, Summers Lane, Totland at 6pm and take a revised route via St Saviours Rd, Weston Rd, Madeira Rd, Granville Road, Ward Rd, Broadway, Weston Rd, returning to the St Saviours School for the performance at 7pm.
THORS REVENGE is a Viking fantasy story created by local school children especially for this event in workshops led by professional storyteller Sue Bailey. It will be performed by a cast of over 60 young people and adults aged 5 to 65!
The New Carnival Company has been working with would-be performers to train them up for the part, working alongside choreographer Katy Edmunds and Fire Performer Lianne Abel.
All welcome to come along, it’s free to watch, but DO dress up warmly!
Picture: Children from St Saviours School, Totland, show off their giant puppet character LOKI, created in just one day in a workshop led by The New Carnival Company.
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