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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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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Family Activities at The Big Splash

There are oodles of activities and workshops at the festival for families of all ages. From drumming, creative craft to gardening, you will find something to get stuck into. And the best bit? Its all free!

The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre is the family zone for the weekend and will be putting on lots of free activities!

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Drumming Workshops in the Studio…

Upbeat Music & Arts Workshops including Taiko, Samba and African drumming, come and make some noise in an hour of music and crazy beats. All ages and backgrounds welcome.

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Splashtonbury! A mini festival for you and your mini people on the Cafe Terrace…

Let the kids get down and dirty at Splashtonbury!

Henna, hair braiding, music, hoola hooping and lots of green fingered fun!

Join in or simply sit in the sun and enjoy watching your children growing wild!

 

 

 

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Under 5’s Fun Zone…

Hands on activities for under 5’s in The Riverfront upstairs bar area and sporting Tots Fun classes courtesy of Newport Live in the Dance Studio!

 

Would you like to volunteer with us?

We are looking for lovely people aged 18+ who can help in the week running up to the festival to help dressing and the event organisation and give information out to the general public during the Big Splash festival.

If you like meeting people,  love performance and/or would like to support the festival and show Newport in it’s best and friendliest light then we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to help or want more information, please email glenys.burnett-jones@newportlive.co.uk by the 8 June.

Volunteers from all backgrounds are warmly encouraged. If you have any access issues then please let us know.

The festival is an accessible event and we  are particularly keen to hear from volunteers who have experience of working with or supporting Deaf and disabled people to ensure we remain accessible to all.

 

British Sign Language Performances

British Sign Language Performances at The Big Splash

Open, accessible and fun for all the family, The Big Splash is all set to be a wonderful weekend of street theatre and will be offering seven British Sign Language interpreted performances across the weekend;

Saturday 22 July / Sadwrn 22 Gorffennaf

  • 11am Car Crash Wedding by Gary and Pel in Commercial Street on the junction with Austin Friars.
  • 3.30pm Ramshacklicious’ performance of Mr & Mr Burn at John Frost Square.
  • 4pm Kitsch n Sync’s Bedraggled at John Frost Square.

Sunday 17 July/ Sul 17 Gorffennaf

  • 11.45am Mr & Mrs Clark’s show Electioneering at The Riverfront
  • 1pm Circadian’s Schmutter Bros performance at the Usk Plaza.
  • 3pm Hound of the Baskervilles show at The Riverfront
  • 4.30pm The Balloon Man’s Magic Show at The Riverfront

The brochure and timetable is also available in large print and audio versions, please just ask at Box Office for your own copy.

Perfformiadau Iaith Arwyddion Prydain yn y Sblash Fawr

Agored, hygyrch a hwyl i’r teulu cyfan, mae disgwyl i’r Sblash Fawr fod yn benwythnos bendigedig o theatr stryd, a bydd yn cynnwys saith perfformiad yn Iaith Arwyddion Prydain drwy gydol y penwythnos;

Dydd Sadwrn 22 Gorffennaf

  • 11am perfformiad Car Crash Wedding gan Gary a Pel ar Commercial Street, ger y gyffordd ag Austin Friars.
  • 3.30pm Perfformiad Ramshacklicious o Mr & Mr Burn yn Sgwâr John Frost.
  • 4pm Perfformiad Kitsch n Sync o Bedraggled yn Sgwâr John Frost.

Dydd Sul 17 Gorffennaf

  • 11.45am Sioe Mr a Mrs Clark Electioneering at The Riverfront
  • 1pm perfformiad Circadian Schmutter Bros yn Plasa Brynbuga.
  • 3pm sioe Hound of the Baskervilles yng Nglan yr Afon
  • 4.30pm Sioe Hud a Lledrith The Balloon Man yng Nglan yr Afon

Mae’r pamffled a’r amserlen yma hefyd ar gael mewn fersiynau print mawr a chlywedol, gofynnwch yn y swyddfa docynnau am eich copi eich hun.

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