Trampolines, telling stories and more…

This week’s Big Splash line-up announcement features acts to thrill, enthrall and terrify the young and young-at-heart alike.

Be thrilled by Max Calaf Seve – a trampolining superstar who will push the boundaries of circus theatre and will leave your spirits soaring in his performance, ‘Anyday’ – and Able Mable – a whip-wielding, magic-creating showgirl with a flair for the dramatic and ridiculous.

Be enthralled by storytelling with a difference inside Talking Birds’ The Whale – where there are plenty of surprises for intrepid sailors – and Kapow Dance’s Grow – a playful and touching celebration of the power of nature.

Lastly, be terrified by Dizzy O’Dare’s Baba Yaga’s House – a unique and bizarre walkabout act inspired by centuries-old Slavic fairytales.

Watch this space for your downloadable programme and map coming very soon!

 

 

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Bingo, Barracwda and a bridezilla

Your next Big Splash line-up announcement is here! Join us at Newport’s free family street theatre festival for bingo with a difference, a Brazil-inspired carnival band, and a madcap street theatre performance revolving around a jilted bride.

Wild ‘n’ Beets presents Bingo Lingo, a re-invention of the great British tradition in which your comperes, Beryl and Cyril, play on oversized bingo cards and fuse disability politics with a cheeky end-of-the-pier humour.

Cardiff-based Barracwda have been lighting up festivals around the country with their unique brand of Afro-Brazilian percussion, and now they’re bringing their fresh beats to Big Splash.

Lastly, meet Honour and Cherish: Taking Flight‘s jilted bridezilla and her long-suffering mother, who will be roaming the streets of Newport looking for absolutely anyone to take her daughter’s hand in marriage.

More line-up announcements and a full timetable of when and where you can see all Big Splash 2018 acts will be coming soon. Watch this space!

 

Virtual reality, magical storytelling, and a very strong lady

What do these three things all have in common? They’re all now part of Big Splash 2018!

 

Come on an adventure through virtual reality with Thrill Laboratory’s VR Playground. In the latest ride experiment designed by aeronautical engineer Professor Brendan Walker, you’ll propel yourself through swirling metropolises, leap across skyscrapers and escape the deep abyss – all by playing on the swings!

Meanwhile, the world of the Strong Lady is filled with dazzling contrasts: muscle and grace, beauty and brute strength, lifting the hearts of the audience and… well… lifting the audiences themselves! A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn will delight, impress and amaze.

Then, be spellbound by the mystical tale of Ned and the Whale, as told by Flossy and Boo. Encounter strange lands, soar the sky and help timid Ned find his courage, in this magical, musical journey of a boy and his whale.

More line-up announcements and a full timetable of when and where you can see all Big Splash 2018 acts will be coming soon. Watch this space!

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Beth sydd gan y tri pheth hyn yn gyffredin? Maen nhw bellach i gyd yn rhan o Sblash Mawr 2018!

Dewch ar antur trwy realiti rhithwir gyda Man Chwarae Realiti Rhithwir Thrill Laboratory.  Yn yr arbrawf reid diweddaraf a ddyluniwyd gan y peiriannydd awyrennau, Yr Athro Brendan Walker, byddwch yn eich gwthio’ch hun drwy ddinasoedd enfawr sy’n chwyrlïo, neidio rhwng nendyrau a dianc rhag yr affwys dwfn – i gyd gan chwarae ar siglen!

Yn y cyfamser, mae byd y Fenyw Gref wedi’i lenwi gan wrthgyferbyniadau disglair: cyhyrau ac urddas, harddwch a bôn braich, yn codi calonnau’r gynulleidfa a…wel…codi’r cynulleidfaoedd eu hunain! A hithau’n fenyw gref go iawn, bydd Betty Brawn yn swyno, yn creu argraff ac yn eich syfrdanu.

Wedyn, cewch eich cyfareddu gan chwedl gyfriniol Ned a’r Morfil fel yr adroddir gan Flossy and Boo. Dewch o hyd i wledydd rhyfedd, esgynnwch i’r wybren a helpu Ned, sy’n swil, i fod yn ddewr ar daith swynol, gerddorol bachgen a’i forfil.

Bydd mwy o gyhoeddiadau am yr hyn fydd ar gael ac amserlen lawn o ble a phryd y gallwch weld holl berfformwyr Sblash Mawr 2018 maes o law.  Gwyliwch amdano!

First Acts Announced for Big Splash 2018

Featuring giant kangaroos, outdoor community art and Monty-Python-esque madcap mayhem, our first line-up announcement for Big Splash 2018 packs a punch.

Ever wanted to see giant kangaroos bouncing around Newport city centre? Who wouldn’t? Effortlessly bouncing on amazingly crafted stilts, Joy Magnet’s cheeky kangaroos will be a phenomenal sight to see; they’re always Roo’d but never offensive.

Meanwhile, the irreverent Le Navet Bête return to Newport with their downright bonkers Extravaganza. Rammed full of acrobatics, improvisation, live music, audience interaction, circus influences, and even a flaming unicycle, this ridiculous, madcap romp has entertained audiences of all ages all over the world.

There’ll be something fishy going on with Fair Play’s superbly silly Fairly Fresh Fish Co., which will give audiences the opportunity to see an octopus come to life, prawns dancing, and a worrying seafood smoothie.

Newport’s own Mr and Mrs Clark will be bringing art practice to street level with Inviting The Neighbours Around To Paint. Let the blank walls be a sounding board for your ideas; put down your shopping bags, let go of those everyday stresses, and come and make a mark on an ever-growing piece of unique artwork.

Lastly, Molly Orange presents a new circus sitcom set in a failing old-fashioned boozer, in which our PUB landlord and landlady have a big decision to make: go hipster or go hungry. Featuring acrobatics, juggling, the odd pint of Guinness and a fiery finale, PUB is a farcical look at how gentrification hits its communities hard.

More line-up announcements and a full timetable of when and where you can see all Big Splash 2018 acts will be coming soon. Watch this space!

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Gyda changarŵs mawr, celf gymunedol awyr agored a chyffro fydd yn eich atgoffa o Monty Python, dyma ein cyhoeddiad cyntaf am bwy fydd yn perfformio yn Sblash Mawr 2018.

Ydych chi wedi bod eisiau gweld cangarŵs mawr yn neidio o amgylch canol dinas Casnewydd? Pam lai?! Yn neidio’n ddi-ymdrech ar stiltiau ardderchog, bydd cangarŵs direidus Joy Magnet werth eu gweld; maent yn Rŵ-d o hyd, ond byth yn sarhaus.

Yn y cyfamser, bydd Le Navet Bête yn dychwelyd i Gasnewydd gyda’i sioe sy’n hollol wyllt! Yn llawn campau acrobatig, celf fyrfyfyr, cerddoriaeth fyw, rhyngweithio â’r gynulleidfa, dylanwadau syrcas ac hyd yn oed beic un olwyn, mae’r wledd wyllt hon wedi diddanu cynulleidfaoedd o bob oedran ledled y byd i gyd.

Bydd rhywbeth rhyfedd yn mynd ymlaen gyda Fairly Fresh Fish Co. gwirion Fair Play, fydd yn rhoi cyfle i gynulleidfaoedd i weld octopws yn dod yn fyw, corgimychiaid yn dawnsio a smwddi bwyd môr diddorol…

Bydd Mr a Mrs Clark Casnewydd yn dod ag arferion celf i’r stryd gyda Inviting The Neighbours Around To Paint. Gadewch i’r waliau gwag ysgogi eich syniadau; felly rhowch y bagiau siopau i’r naill ochr, anghofiwch am bryderon bach bob dydd a dewch i wneud marc i greu darn o gelf unigryw sy’n tyfu’n fythol.

Yn olaf, bydd Molly Orange yn cyflwyno sitcom syrcas newydd mewn tafarn hen ffasiwn hwn, mae’r tafarnwr a’i wraig yn wynebu penderfyniad mawr: troi’n hipsters neu lwgu! Gyda champau acrobatig, jyglo, ambell beint o Guinness a ffeinal chyffrous, bydd PUB yn cymryd golwg gwirion ar sut mae boneddigeiddio yn effeithio ar gymunedau.

Bydd mwy o gyhoeddiadau am yr hyn fydd ar gael ac amserlen lawn o ble a phryd y gallwch weld holl berfformwyr Sblash Mawr 2018 maes o law. Gwyliwch amdano!

 

 

Come rain or shine the Big Splash still entertained!

Thousands of people joined in the fun of Big Splash 2017, dodging the showers with us to be entertained by over twenty top-class performing companies from across the UK and beyond, who brought over fifty free street theatre shows to the city centre. Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July saw the city centre transformed into one large outdoor stage, with loud, surprising, intriguing and wonderful live music and pop-up street theatre.

We have estimated over 10,000 people experienced some part of the festival during the two days. Most saw one of our many top-class performers, including Newport’s own Mr & Mrs Clark who took to the streets Electioneering, and Tin Shed Theatre who made it possible for festival goers to meet a real-life Yeti! The other highlights of the festival included Mr and Mr Burn, who one customer described as “Just witnessed a man in pants pass Tequila around and set fire to his stage. It was mad. Brilliant but mad!”. The Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung also got people talking, as they took the audience on an adventure that was out of this world!

All in all, our motto for the weekend was ‘come rain or shine, the Big Splash will still entertain!’ and boy, did it! The staff and volunteers worked hard to adapt to the changing weather conditions to provide a top-quality experience for all. Zoe Hopkinson on Facebook commented, ‘We really enjoyed yesterday. There’s enough going on to keep you busy all day without being chaotic. It’s a real family day out with fun for the adults too.”

Gillian Mitchell, Head of Theatre, Arts & Culture for Newport Live said: “Once again thousands of people joined us in sampling a weather-busting weekend of outdoor arts in the heart of Newport.  We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to support the Big Splash festival, to our staff and volunteers and above all to our main funder Arts Council Wales and to our sponsors whose support enabled us to offer  hundreds of top-quality events, all for free.  Newport Live and The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre are proud to bring the best street theatre from around the world to the city each year, making sure that families here don’t miss out on the mad and unmissable fun on offer, without having to pay a penny!”

The Big Splash team would like to thank our funders Newport Live and the Arts Council of Wales and sponsors Friars Walk, Kingsway Centre, Newport NOW and Western Power Distribution for making it happen.

Photographs and videos that were taken throughout the weekend, are all on our Facebook page at facebook.com/bigsplashnewport or Instagram @Riverfrontarts

Road Closure on 22nd July

As the festival will be taking place on Commercial Street, a temporary road closure is on place on Saturday 22nd July at the following locations and times:

Under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847- Section 21,  between the hours of 09.00 and 18.30 Commercial Street, Charles Street (from the bollards leading down onto Commercial Street) and Corn Street will be closed to traffic.

Thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy the event!

 

 

Big Splash Treasure Hunt!…

Solve the clues to find the locations of the big Splash letters in shop fronts throughout the city centre and then hand in your completed sheet to be added in to a free prize draw for big Splash goodies.

The prize includes a Free Newport Live 6 week summer holiday family membership, a family ticket to The Riverfront Pantomime Aladdin and a family meal at Zizzi and lots more…

Pick up our clue sheet from The Riverfront or download from here now

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Atebwch y cliwiau i ddod o hyd i leoliadau llythrennau’r Sblash Fawr mewn ffenestri siopau ledled canol y ddinas, ac ar ôl ei chwblhau, rhowch eich taflen i mewn er mwyn cael eich ychwanegu at raffl Gwobr am ddim i ennill rhywbeth da!

Yn rhan o’r gwobrau mae aelodaeth i deulu am ddim i Casnewydd Fyw yn ystod 6 wythnos gwyliau’r haf, tocyn i’r teulu i Bantomeim Aladdin yng Nglan yr Afon, pryd o fwyd i’r teulu yn Zizzi a llawer mwy…

Dewch i Lan yr Afon i gael ein taflen gliwiau neu ei lawrlwytho o’n gwefan.

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Keep a look out for the Big Splash outdoor art and theatre projects…

Big Splash Outdoor Art Project…

Newport Live has commissioned Malarky Arts to work with Serennu Children’s Centre (Sparkle), Clytha Primary School and the Dads Can group to create three pieces of outdoor artwork that will pop up on the Big Splash site.

Let us know what you think or take a selfie with the art and use the hashtag #BigSplash

Art project celf awyr agored y Sblash Fawr…

Mae Casnewydd Fyw wedi comisiynu Malarky Arts i weithio gyda Chanolfan Blant Serennu, Ysgol Gynradd Clytha a’r grwp Dads Can, i greu tri darn o waith celf awyr agored fydd yn ymddangos ar safle’r Sblash Fawr. Rhowch wybod i ni beth yw’ch barn neu cymerwch hunlun gyda’r celf a defnyddio’r hashnod #BigSplashArt

Art project

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Big Splash Outdoor Theatre project…

Newport Live has commissioned Taking Flight Theatre Company to work with Serennu Children’s Centre to create a fun and slightly cheeky live performance that will pop up on the Big Splash site. So, keep a look out for some unusual goings on in the city centre on Saturday! We will list the times and locations of these performances here soon…

Project Theatr awyr agored y Sblash Fawr...

Mae Casnewydd Fyw wedi comisiynu Cwmni Theatr Taking Flight i weithio gyda Chanolfan Blant Serennu i greu perfformiad byw hwyliog a phryfoclyd a fydd yn ymddangos ar safle’r Sblash Fawr. Felly, cadwch olwg allan am ddigwyddiadau anarferol yng nghanol y ddinas ar Ddydd Sadwrn!

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TGI Fridays cocktail workshops…

Throughout the Saturday and Sunday, TGI Fridays will be setting up on the lawn in Usk Plaza at the Friars Walk Shopping Centre offering family cocktail workshops.

You can learn how to make non-alcoholic cocktails, using slush recipes, suitable for children and also learn how to chuck the bottles around like a pro!.  They will be hosting a ‘flair’ workshop, which is a form of juggling with bottles!

Times are: 1pm and 4pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday in Usk Plaza.

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