From the makers of The Winter Giant, comes a brand new FREE outdoor family show, made in Reading, for Reading,  as part of Reading’s Year of Culture.

In a place where anything is possible and nothing is quite what it seems, a passing cloud grows dragon’s teeth, a dark city skyline lights up like a firefly and a whole world of imagination spills out from an empty packing crate.

Expect terrifying monsters and magical moments, bubble wrap clouds and explosions of colour, in this beautiful dance show for all the family.

Beautiful Creatures are Reading’s own outdoor theatre company, bringing diverse and spectacular work to their local community since 2006. This new show is supported by South Street Arts Centre and Broad Street Mall, as part of Sitelines festival of theatre in unusual spaces. And Reading’s Year of Culture, celebrating the best Reading has to offer.

Artist Director Danielle Corbishley says “We are hugely excited to bring ‘GIFT’ to the Broad Street Mall and to Reading, our hometown. The show ties together our love of dance, visual effects and magic. It promises moments of beauty, moments of laughter and lots of ‘wows’.

The story centres around a girl who discovers a huge wooden packing crate, and wonders what might be inside. From every day materials, with a little bit of imagination, a whole world comes alive around her. She journeys through this wonderful landscape, sometimes beautiful, sometimes scary, to a dramatic, joyful and colourful finale!

We are working with a team of outstanding dancers, puppeteers and makers to bring this show to life, every element has been designed, made, devised and choreographed by us and our team, it is a truly collaborative process, which is how we always like to work. If you know us and our previous shows, you know there might be a surprise or two as well, but that’s a secret, you’ll have to come and see the show to find out!”

On the 3rd of July, join Beautiful Creatures Theatre on a journey of magic, mystery, music and dance in Gift, a stunningly visual show celebrating the power of creativity.

Previous shows from Beautiful Creatures have included:

The Winter Giant, a stunning large-scale performance through Reading’s town centre, with a 6m tall giant, John, searching for a home. The show involved Launchpad clients, community performers, over 50 families and children and a professional cast of puppeteers, musicians and performers.

The AirQuarium, an outdoor puppetry show, that has toured nationally and internationally.

The Fortress, a dramatic outdoor contemporary dance piece, centred around 5 giant metal chimes, the only instrument of their kind in the world.

Octopot, a charming walkabout street theatre piece, featuring a giant octopus and a well-meaning chef who is on the run. This show is currently touring Kent and West Sussex as part of the Applause Rural Touring Programme.

Funders: The Broad Street Mall, SITELINES Festival (South Street Arts Centre), In association with Reading’s Year of Culture and Reading UK CIC. Beautiful Creatures are supported by Arts Council England.

Gift is performed on Sunday 3 July, Broad Street Mall, south entrance. Shows at 12pm and 2pm.


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