With over fifty performances across the city centre covering everything from slapstick sketches to surreal storytelling, as well as dance, live music and hilarious walkabouts, Big Splash 2018 is going to be jam-packed with family fun.


The Wheelabouts: Boudicca

Boudicca was head of the Celtic Iceni tribe during the Roman occupation of England. The image we hold of her is of a vengeful warrior, bent on seeking out and punishing all Romans! The Wheelabouts produce mobile street theatre pieces built around wheelchairs, and their latest show takes us on the Roman road with Boudicca. … Continue reading The Wheelabouts: Boudicca

Joy Magnet: Roo’d

Watch giant kangaroos on amazingly crafted bouncing stilts! The Roos look effortless as they jump a metre off the ground high into the air waving their little arms and their strides are 2 metres a bound, which makes them a phenomenal sight to see. Combining a cheeky blend of outback macho and inner city punk … Continue reading Joy Magnet: Roo’d

Kapow Dance: Grow

A lively, energetic and vibrant dance duo by Kapow, which combines a comment on humanity with a comedic gardening show. Grow is a playful and touching celebration of the power of nature to rejuvenate, take over spaces and grow through the cracks. Commissioned by Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium (WOAC). Supported by the Arts Council of … Continue reading Kapow Dance: Grow

Taking Flight: Honour and Cherish

Meet Honour and Cherish: a jilted Bridezilla and her long-suffering mother, who are looking for absolutely anyone to take her hand. There will definitely be a wedding today.  

Wild ‘n’ Beets: Bingo Lingo

Bingo Lingo is a fun game of chance, harnessing the nation’s love for bingo. Played on oversized bingo cards, and compered by your bingo-loving hosts Beryl and Cyril, Bingo Lingo is a game for everyone, where disability politics meets cheeky end-of-the-pier humour in a re-invention of a great British tradition. So, it’s eyes down for … Continue reading Wild ‘n’ Beets: Bingo Lingo

Woman from Barracwda band playing drum.


Cardiff-based Barracwda have been lighting up carnivals and festivals around the country with their unique brand of sparkly and energetic Afro-Brazilian percussion. Fusing reggae, funk and jungle with the traditional rhythms of Brazil, we’re coming to make you move!

Thrill Laboratory: VR Playground

Scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel, leap tall structures in a single bound, and undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss – don a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure! VR Playground is the latest ride experiment by the world’s first Thrill Engineer, Professor … Continue reading Thrill Laboratory: VR Playground

Le Navet Bête: Extravaganza

These four clowns are determined to tell their individual cultural stories… no matter what the cost may be. Join Romano, Keith, Hans and David Blooper on a ridiculous, madcap romp, rammed full of acrobatics, improvisation, live music, audience interaction, circus influences, downright silliness and even a flaming unicycle. Don’t be fooled – these guys really … Continue reading Le Navet Bête: Extravaganza

Max Calaf Seve: Anyday

Max lives on a trampoline, with only his little pet bird for company. Every day looks the same until Max decides he wants a new adventure… Comic, absurd and surreal, and featuring extraordinarily acrobatic trampolining, Anyday is a physical theatre piece that will transcend expectations of what a circus show can be. It will set … Continue reading Max Calaf Seve: Anyday

Able Mable

Able Mable is a showgirl with a flair for the dramatic and the ridiculous. She wields a whip wildly and accidentally magics things away. She attempts to escape from handcuffs and loses half her costume in the process. Joyful, magical and charming, this character clown show has won over audiences worldwide as Mable’s funny, heartwarming … Continue reading Able Mable

Talking Birds: The Whale

Ahoy there, shipmates! The Whale is coming to town and beneath its gleaming, silvery surface, there be surprises for intrepid sailors! Brought to you by Coventry’s acclaimed theatrical inventors, Talking Birds, this storytelling performance is fun for all ages and ramp accessible.

Molly Orange: Pub

A new circus sitcom set in a failing old-fashioned boozer, our PUB landlord and landlady have a big decision to make: go hipster or go hungry. PUB is a farcical look at how gentrification hits its communities hard, and the choice we have between clinging on to the past or chasing the zeitgeist. Featuring acrobatics, juggling, the … Continue reading Molly Orange: Pub

The Sparklettes: Tutti Fruitti

An homage to the ‘golden age of film’, this upbeat cabaret piece celebrates Hollywood’s musical films in a camp and comic way. Featuring dancing hula-hoop girls, a giant banana chorus, a surprise reveal of Carmen Miranda and an audience conga line. You’ll be singing and dancing along to this Latin-esque routine, and you’ll definitely want … Continue reading The Sparklettes: Tutti Fruitti

Fair Play: Fairly Fresh Fish Co.

Beautifully made with exquisite attention to detail, the eye-catching and superbly silly Fairly Fresh Fish Co. gives you the opportunity to see the prawns dancing and the octopus come to life whilst witnessing stirrings in the jellied eel jar and a worrying seafood smoothie. The audience won’t be able to stop themselves from joining in … Continue reading Fair Play: Fairly Fresh Fish Co.