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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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 audience themselves! A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn presents an elegant array of feats of strength: she breaks things, lifts men overhead as if they were feathers, … Continue reading Strong Lady Productions: The Strong Lady
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
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
Inviting The Neighbours Around To Paint brings people together through the simple task of drawing, mark making and painting. Bringing art practice to street level and into the everyday consciousness of all involved, the drawing board acts as a space to indulge in a spot of creative doodling or profound painting. The blank walls are … Continue reading Mr and Mrs Clark: Inviting the Neighbours Around To Paint
The magical tail of Ned and the Whale begins a little like this… With buckles and swash this story’s awash with a mysterious odour of fish Though sharp as a pin, Ned’s courage was thin For his sister was terribly mean She spouted great lies – “a kingdom of spies, will steal you and harvest … Continue reading Flossy and Boo: Ned and the Whale
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 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
Are you brave enough to find Baba Yaga’s House? This ramshackle old cottage roams the land on chicken legs, while Baba Yaga flies across the landscape in her giant pestle and mortar. She may seem scary, but she could tell your fortune in exchange for a day of your life… then again, she might just … Continue reading Dizzy O’Dare: Baba Yaga’s House
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.
A bright-white vintage onesie ski suit, 80’s music and a unicorn riding a 12-foot unicorn unicycle… Yes, it’s as crazy, funny and ridiculous as it sounds! Featuring unbelievable skills by a world champion unicyclist who has over 29 years of experience, this daredevil will be on top of one of the tallest unicycles in the … Continue reading Jamey Mossengren: The Unicycling Unicorn
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
Olga, Helga and Hans – our 80’s-clad skiers – have lost their way and have had to set up camp in the wintery wilderness. They soon go in search of their après-ski party, but not all goes to plan as they end up going way off-piste, and end up extremely piste off! Expect comical capers … Continue reading Kitsch & Sync: Après Ski Piste Off
It’s time for your appointment with Kitsch & Sync’s very own hair salon, and these 50’s-style hairdressers are on a roll! These three vivacious ladies are ready to snip, snap and slick you into style, and to have a good gossip too… but watch out! These ladies are armed with scissors and have been scorned! … Continue reading Kitsch & Sync: The Hair Rollers
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
A survivor is stranded on the shores of the near future. In a world drowning in plastic, she collects messages in bottles. Stories cannot be told in solitude. Inspired by the historical stories of sailors, survivors, wreckers and rescuers from the coastline of Wales, “Shipwrecks – receivers of the Wreck” is staged on a lone, … Continue reading Citrus Arts: Shipwrecks – Receivers of the Wreck
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.