‘Streets’ festival kicks off in Battle


Streets of Battle, a free festival that took place last Saturday, delivered a variety of street theatre including a delightful dance performance, comedy juggling, stilts, drummers, and a fortune-telling booth, delighting crowds who braved the cold temperatures on Battle Abbey Green.

Event highlights included Levantes Dance Theatre, who collaborated with students from local performing arts school MK Studio, to perform their graceful “High Tea with a Twist”, an acrobatic high-jinx above a tastefully laid table, wowing the audience with their performance.

Dan the Hat had the crowd in stitches with his comedy act, juggling, spinning, and performing stunts, often including audience members in his silly antics.

Dan the Hat, delighting audience members with his comedy act

The ever-popular Circo Rum BaBa brought along the mysterious and very funny ‘Fortune Telling Booth’’ gliding through the high street, approaching unsuspecting members of the public with her humorous and questionable predictions.

The next event in the ‘Streets’ calendar is the new Streets of Rye on Saturday, April 30 11am to 3pm.

The event will bring an array of walkabout performances including the loveable East End rogues “Ron and Don” by Fair Play Comedy, the enchanting and unusual “Magical Butterfly” by Amy Amelia Arts, a surreal and very funny “Cod Choir” by the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, and the 2 Men’s cheeky “Wardens”, bringing their own, very questionable, law enforcement to the town.

The mysterious Fortune Telling Booth by Circo Rum BaBa

In addition to these street festivals, Puddings and Pathways (Saturday, May 14 from 11am to 2pm) will celebrate the regeneration of the 1066 Country Walk.

Circo Rum Baba will perform “1066 – What Women?”, a light-hearted look at the forgotten females of 1066, telling the story in three scenes at three venues. Walkers will be able to see the performances along the 4.3km part of the 1066 Country Walk between Winchelsea and Icklesham and be invited to enjoy 1066 inspired puddings.

For more information visit the Streets Facebook page.

Image Credits: Alice Denny .

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