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If you think you know Greenwich, look again. Throughout the Festival, familiar settings in SE10 will be re-imagined with the help of a daily programme of surprising performances. Cutty Sark Gardens will host an unusual Medal Ceremony, a theatrical African market drops in at the Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College acquires a new water feature! Each of the Greenwich Bites lasts less than an hour, enabling you to take in more than one show, dine in a local restaurant with a Festival Feast or experience topsy turvy street theatre before taking a ride on London’s newest visitor attraction, the Greenwich Wheel - offering never before seen views of the Town Centre.

The Medal Ceremony
Cutty Sark Gardens
19-22 June FREE

Thurs 7pm;
Fri 1pm & 7pm;
Sat 2pm & 7pm;
Sun 1pm & 3.30pm
(runs approx 25 mins)
Venue information:
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens.

You would expect a medal ceremony to involve anthems, tears, euphoria and rivalry. Well this one does all of that and more! As well as podiums, medals and flags, Festival athletes will tell the story of their triumph over adversity using sign language interpreted song and aerial performance on the top of incredible bendy sway poles. Accompanied by torch songs and anthems, this new collaboration brings an inspiring new perspective to traditional medal ceremonies as imagined by Deaf and disabled artists.

Supported by Greenwich Council, Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
A GDIF co-commission with Liberty, London’s Disability Rights Festival

Beautiful People
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory
20-21 June FREE

Fri 6pm & 8.30pm;
Sat 6pm & 8.30pm
(runs approx 25 mins)
Venue information:
Access: The Royal Observatory is at the top of Greenwich Park hill. Disabled parking is available - access via Blackheath gate only. Specially adapted toilet available in The Royal Observatory Café. Beautiful People has an audience capacity of up to 200. Gates open 15 minutes before each performance, which will last approximately 25 minutes. Greenwich Park gates close at 9.30pm.

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an African market place with this newly commissioned performance inspired by the Shona expression ‘the sun is the beautiful people’. Against the magnificent astronomical architecture of the Peter Harrison Planetarium, market traders will set out their stalls with beautiful Zimbabwean ruseros and baskets piled high. Music, market sounds, dance and smells will assail your senses culminating in the stillness and spectacle of the blazing, red-gold moment of an African sunset.

Commissioned by Arts Council England and Without Walls.

The Garden of Wonders
Old Royal Naval College
20-22 June FREE

Fri 7.30pm;
Sat 3pm & 7.30pm;
Sun 1.30pm & 4pm
(runs approx 45 mins)
Venue information:
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet in The Old Royal Naval College Visitors Centre, Pepys House, access via Cutty Sark Gardens.

Gardens are renowned for intrigue, trysts and flights of fancy and this new dance theatre show invites you to join in the fun. You might be forgiven for thinking that Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Pedro Almodovar in devising this captivating collision between high Englishness and Spanish passion. For lovers of all things quirky and flirtatious, don’t miss this playful meander through a very eccentric garden featuring whimsical statues, alluring costumes and ornamental water features.
Please note that The Garden of Wonders involves water. Picnicing is not permitted inside the Old Royal Naval College.

A GDIF co-commission with Trafalgar Square Festival

The Wheel House
Old Royal Naval College
21-22 June FREE

Sat 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm;
Sun 1pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
(runs approx 30 mins)
Venue information:
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet in The Old Royal Naval College Visitors Centre, Pepys House, access via Cutty Sark Gardens.

Celebrating Maritime Greenwich’s latest visitor attraction, The Wheel House reveals life at a different angle, with a whimsical world created by circus artists. With a whole domestic interior squashed inside an ever turning wheel, this acrobatic duet evokes the surreal visions of M C Escher. See Greenwich from an alternative rotating perspective while you wait to board the trip of a lifetime on the Greenwich Wheel.

Commissioned by Arts Council England and Without Walls.

Greenwich Bites - Travel Information
By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
By Bus: 177, 180, 199, 286
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row and Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland St
By Thames Clipper: Greenwich Pier
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email to discuss any access requirements.

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Greenwich Bites - Artists

The Medal Ceremony - Artists
Artistic Directors: Jenny Sealey and Sue Broadway
Assistant Director: Amit Sharma
Design: Kevin Freeman and Lisa Ducie (Renaissance)
Music: Lewis Gibson
Auslan Adviser: Caroline Conlon
UK Performers: Daryl Jackson, Caroline Parker, David Ellington
Strange Fruit performers: Ben Rogan, Maria de Braganca, Emma Waite

This production brings together the creative skills of a team of UK and Australian artists jointly led by Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae theatre, and Sue Broadway, who is director of the Melbourne based street theatre company Strange Fruit. Last year Jenny directed her first outdoor piece Priscilla Queen of the Deaf World with a specially formed company, The Alexandras, named after Britain’s only Deaf Queen. This was presented to enthusiastic GDIF audiences as part of Out of the Blue at The O2. Jenny has a unique reputation for devising signed plays for deaf audiences and creating multi-sensory theatre. Sue Broadway has many years experience both in Australia and internationally. She was a founding member of Circus Oz and also co-founded the English company Ra-Ra Zoo with whom she toured the world until 1993. In 2000 she was Circus Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
Strange Fruit are no strangers to GDIF audiences, having presented a number of their internationally acclaimed productions including Flight, The Field, Spheres and Absolute Pearl in London.

Beautiful People - Artists
GDF is always keen to encourage new artists to venture into the outdoors and is therefore particularly pleased to be involved in commissioning this exciting performance from Tavaziva Dance. Under its Zimbabwe born director Barwen Tavaziva, the company is highly regarded for its exploration of new territories in dance, combining the rich and diverse dance forms of Africa within a contemporary Western base. This inventive production brings together a creative team which includes dancers and African style choral singers. Beautiful People will make dramatic use of the courtyard setting surrounding the new Peter Harrison Planetarium which features a 45 ton bronze-clad truncated cone, tilted at 51.5o to the horizontal (the latitude of Greenwich), and standing on the Prime Meridian.

The Garden of Wonders - Artists
Loved by audiences for their inventive staging, witty choreography and dazzling good looks, Factoria Mascaro have a uniquely Catalan style and approach in which theatrical conventions are turned upside down. Last seen during Out of the Blue at The O2 as part of GDIF in 2007 with their very sexy show Ai Que em mullo (Let’s Get Wet), this new production has been specially commissioned to forge closer links between the company and London. As part of their creative development process, Factoria Mascaro have explored London’s parks, gardens and statues to create a new show which celebrates classical convention in totally unexpected ways. Under their director Joan Serra and choreographer Quim Serra, the company produce work for both theatre and outdoor presentation and are also well know across Catalunya for their work with young people. The Garden of Wonders will receive its world premiere on the recently re-landscaped King Charles Lawn of the Old Royal Naval College, a suitably formal and impressive setting.

The Wheel House - Artists
Acrojou is an emerging London based circus company that uses the German Wheel as a vehicle for original new street performance. The company members are two of only six practitioners of the German wheel performing in the UK and they currently have a range of acrobatic theatre acts which they present at outdoor events and in theatre shows. Their current repertory includes Urban Rotations which was commissioned by the Trafalgar Square Festival and directed by Jean Paul Zacarini and the more recent Dust which was premiered at the Circus Space in 2007. The company is led by Jeni Barnard who trained at Bristol’s Circomedia and the Circus Space in London and Barney White who graduated from the Circus Space in 2007, having previously studied martial arts, contemporary dance and theatre.
The Festival is presenting The Wheel House in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to help celebrate the opening weekend of a major new visitor attraction, The Greenwich Wheel.
Further information and tickets for The Greenwich Wheel are available from

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