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You are invited to The Civic Garden Party 2018

On Saturday 15 September you can enjoy free live entertainment in Barnsley throughout the day from the best in family theatre.

Now in its third year, The Civic Garden Party is held in Mandela Gardens in the centre of town, the space will be transformed into a variety of stages where the Civic will host 5 different acts. Free shows will be performed throughout the day from 11:00am to 3:00pm. All this will be accompanied with garden games, delicious food and more.

Following a fantastic response to Dancing Town in Mandela Gardens, there will be plenty more dancing. This time The Dance We Made team have just 2 hours to create a brand new dance, and they need your help! 

Help the dancers create some new moves and watch the performance come together before your very eyes. Each newly created dance will then be performed by the The Dance We Made team on location, filmed and uploaded to YouTube. It’s the show where everyone is a choreographer, so grab one of the team and “Let’s Make a Dance!” - no experience required!

Be prepared to laugh your socks off as one of Britain's leading festival companies, Mark Mark, (who wowed and delighted the crowds at last years Garden Party), return with a 1970’s Street Theatre Spectacle. Maureen and Ronaldi's The Great Fiasco is a fabulous and hilarious blend of cabaret, circus, and clowning that is an uproarious celebration of early 70’s entertainment.

"I cried tears of joy and might have even laughed a bit of wee out too" Audience Member

What is a family party without a puppet show? The Alchemist is a light-hearted, slapstick puppet show for all ages. A magical puppet show that has captivated audience across the UK. The Alchemist desperately wants to make a small fortune. Watch him attempt experiments and make mistakes. The antics of a pair of mischievous rats and an incredibly annoying bluebottle won't help.

Music will be provided by throughout the day by Barnsley Percussion Ensemble, an exciting group of young musicians from Barnsley schools. Covering a range of genres: film music, pop, rock, marches and world music. They use percussion instruments such as drum kit, snare drum, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, congas, bongos, Samba drums, African drums and many more. 

Throughout the day children and grown-ups who are young at heart can have their chance to try juggling, diabolo, and plate spinning as well as unicycling and stilt walking for the more adventurous with help from an experienced tutor from Greentop Community Circus. Come along and have a go, and amaze yourself with what you're able to achieve!

In an exciting finale, a solo show performed entirely to music with rope tricks and plenty of gags. Desert Island Disks happens on a small tropical island. Kept on the island by a shark in the audience, is our castaway who makes friends with Larry, a lobster and struggles to survive.  Every time he retires to his hammock he wakes up years later with a longer beard, clothes more dishevelled and with another crazy plan.

Desert Island Disks is a delightful one man show with a beautifully surreal and spectacular finale.

"Desert Island Discs was everything that is good and right in street theatre… he makes it look like anyone could do it" Total Theatre Magazine

Expect all this and more. And it's totally FREE. So bring your picnic and join the party!

And don’t worry (we know what you’re thinking), if it pours we’ll go indoors.

The Civic Garden party is on Saturday 15 September 2018 at 11:00am to 3:00pm

Free Admission. No need to book