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Pi-Leau 27 June block
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Woolwich Town Centre and
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Saturday 27 June, 9.30pm

Runs approx 80 mins

The ice is melting, sea levels rising and water covers the earth. This spectacular production uses ingenious staging to evoke a future fantasy world which puts you the audience right at the centre of performance. Part fairytale and part apocalyptic vision, giant structures and stilt performers combine with pyrotechnics to create an experience in which Waterworld collides with The Little Mermaid in a street theatre exploration of climate change themes.

This is your chance to be right at the heart of an extraordinary aquatic spectacle as the parting of crowds and emerging performers and structures echo the powerful ebb and flow of the oceans and the natural equilibrium of the sea. So why not grab your sou’wester and join us for a truly elemental experience!

Woolwich Town Centre and Royal Arsenal
Woolwich, London SE18
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By Train: Woolwich Arsenal
By DLR: Woolwich Arsenal
By Bus: Woolwich Town Centre 53, 54, 96, 161, 180, 380, 422, 472
By Car: Public car parking – Royal Arsenal, off Plumstead Road, Monk Street, Powis Street or Calderwood Street multi-storey.
By Thames Clippers: Royal Arsenal Woolwich

Access: Disabled parking is available.
Contact us to discuss access requirements.

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Procession starts in Powis Street at 9.30pm and the full Pi-Leau performance takes place in Artillery Square at 9.50pm. It will finish at approximately 10.50pm. Entrance to the Royal Arsenal via the gates adjacent to the Royal Brass Foundry on Plumstead Road.

Pi-Leau contains use of pyrotechnic flares.

The Dutch theatre group Close Act was formed in 1991 and has since grown into a highly acclaimed professional community of actors, musicians, stilt-walkers, dancers, pyrotechnicians and acrobats. Led by artistic director Hesther Melief, the company has appeared at many international festivals with performances focusing on street animation and walkabout, developing more recently into large scale narrative spectacles such as Malaya, Forza and Pi-Leau.
Pi-Leau was successfully premiered at Deventer on Stilts in 2008 and was also presented to much acclaim last year at the Zaragoza World Expo (which was themed around “Water and Sustainable Development”), the Barcelona Merce and Adrillen Winschoten in the Netherlands. The performance has never been previously presented in the UK.

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