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The Garden
3rd Ring Out - Rehearsing the Future
Lo Monstre
Re-flex
Chutney
Little Lupin
The Next Level
Le Cercle
Brainwave
Whose Hair Dares
Fishing for Shadows
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Discover Greenwich is an exciting new cultural centre at the Old Royal Naval College, created by the Greenwich Foundation, where you can explore the colourful history of Maritime Greenwich. Taking inspiration from this recently opened visitor attraction, the Festival offers its own artistic voyage of discovery through Greenwich Town Centre. Once you’ve taken in Tudor and Stuart Greenwich, you can navigate between encounters with wolves, 4m high angels, eccentric hairdressers, a Catalan monster and even time travel to 20 years from now.
All the events last 1 hour or less and pop up in fantastic settings such as the Old Royal Naval College, St Alfege Park, Cutty Sark Gardens, Royal Observatory, Greenwich and Greenwich Park.
So why not take in a couple of performances then dine in a local restaurant with one of GDIF’s Festival Feasts?

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Greenwich, SE10
By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
for Maritime Greenwich
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row and Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland Street.
By Thames Clippers: Greenwich Pier
Access: Disabled parking available. Level access to performance space unless specified below.
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The Garden
Presented by Graeae Theatre Company and Strange Fruit
Thurs 24 – Sun 27 June
Thurs 6.30pm, Fri 1pm & 7.30pm, Sat & Sun 1pm & 3.30pm
St Alfege Park, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 25 mins

A gathering of gardeners and guardians take you through the memory of England’s “green and pleasant land” in a de-consecrated churchyard in the heart of Greenwich. While seedlings are tended, angels look down from the top of 4 metre high sway poles and an emotional story of love, loss and hope unfolds. This production takes inspiration from the poetry of William Blake to create a contemporary Garden of Eden in which love and verdant growth and sweet smelling flowers struggle to survive the rise of the dark satanic mills and the ever changing environment.

Director: Jenny Sealey
Artistic Advisor: Grant Mouldey
Designer: Sophie Layton
Composer: Lewis Gibson
Writer: Alex Bulmer
Graeae Performers: Chisato Minamimura, Caroline Parker, Daryl Beeton, David Ellington & Milton Lopes
Strange Fruit Performers: Kathryn Jamieson & Nami Hall

The Garden has been developed with the participation of children and young people from James Wolfe Primary, Charlton Park School, Lister Community School and Oak Lodge.

Commissioned as part of London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad from an original idea by GDIF.


3rd Ring Out - Rehearsing the Future
Presented by Metis Arts
Thurs 24 – Sun 4 July
Thurs, Fri & Wed 1pm, 4pm, 6pm & 8pm. Tues 6pm & 8pm
Sat & Sun 12 midday, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10
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Adjacent to General Wolfe Statue
FREE (booking required) Runs approx 60 mins

From Greenwich Park Hill you can see the expanse of London’s skyline, taking in the National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College, Canary Wharf and the City of London. 3rd Ring Out imagines this familiar vista in a new light, taking you forward in time to a very different Greenwich. With live performance, video simulation and interactive computer systems, this is a rehearsal for the worst case scenarios of climate change. Audiences become active participants in a performance which explores heroism, democracy, survival and how we might collectively imagine our future. The result has the immediacy of theatre combined with the thrill of a disaster movie; a fiction rooted in fact.

This is a free event with a capacity of 24 per performance. To book your place please call Greenwich Theatre Box Office, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10
Tel 020 8858 7755 (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm)

The performance takes place at the top of Greenwich Park Hill. Disabled parking via Blackheath Gate until park closure at 9.30pm.

Not suitable for Under 14’s or those uncomfortable with confined spaces

Director/Dramaturg: Zoe Svendsen
Director/Designer: Simon Daw
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing

www.3rdringout.com

Commissioned by Tipping Point with support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Co-commissioned by Without Walls, Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2010 and The Junction, Cambridge.


Lo Monstre
Presented by Efimer
Sat 26 - Sun 27 June
1.45pm & 4.15pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 45 mins

Arriving for just two magical days from a remote corner of Catalonia, this fairytale dragon sets out on a journey of discovery in the heart of Greenwich. Accompanied by two carers, this inquisitive, breathing, sleeping, walking monster will take in the local sights, surprising and enchanting you as it progresses, before showing off some of its legendary talents!


Re-flex
Presented by Gravity and Levity in association with The Dream Engine
Sat 26 - Sun 27 June
2.45pm & 5pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 30 mins

Inspired by images of bamboo forests and fishermen on poles, a free-standing circular structure of inter-locked flexible poles becomes the setting for three dancers to swoop, soar and slice through space. With split second timing and sensitive counterbalancing, Re-flex builds from intimate contemplation towards an exuberant climax.

Commissioned by Without Walls


Chutney
Street band led by Kuljit Bhamra
Sat 26 - Sun 27 June
1.15pm & 3.45pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 30 mins

Chutney – a form of popular music from Trinidad, provides the inspiration for this exciting new street band fusing influences from Asia and the Caribbean in a “spicy” mix of guitars, horns and percussion. Hindi, English and Bhojpuri lyrics combine with the sounds of Soca, Calypso and filmi music to entertain you with up tempo songs and vibrant dance sequences inspired by the music of the Indo-Caribbean.

Commissioned by Without Walls with thanks to Xtrax


Little Lupin
The Tragical and Disturbing Tale of Little Lupin
Presented by Luci Gorell Barnes
Sat 26 - Sun 27 June
1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.15pm
Old Royal Observatory Gardens, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (booking required) Runs approx 30 mins

This promenade performance for adults and children tells the tale of a girl who is not like others and how life in the wild can take unexpected and sometimes rather unpleasant turns. With its roots in the dark, rich soil of fairy tales, this show is suitable for people who have ever strayed off the path and into the woods...

Booking Information
This is a free event with a capacity of 18 per performance. To book your place please call Greenwich Theatre Box Office, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10
Tel 020 8858 7755 (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm)

Access: Pathways and grass slopes have moderate gradients.


The Next Level  
Presented by Prodigal Theatre and Gravity Style
Thurs 1 - Fri 2 July
Thurs 7.30pm & Fri 10pm
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 30 mins

FREE OPEN WORKSHOPS Thurs 3.30pm, Frib 6pm, Cutty Sark Gardens

You’ve seen Parkour before. You’ve seen the stunts; the rooftop jumps, the dizzying leaps and rapid vaults – but that’s only half the story... Parkour’s essence is in weaving through space – where the human body pours like water through obstacles, coalescing in new forms and new pathways, defying expectation and bending the rules of physics.

In this spectacular new show, Prodigal’s award winning performers bring their contemporary and urban dance disciplines together with the astonishing skills of Parkour’s co-creators Gravity Style, to present a vision of limitless possibilities.

Commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival and Dome and Juice


Le Cercle
Presented by Spirale
Sat 3 - Sun 4 July
12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 15 mins

With its urgent environmental message, this intimate puppetry performance is an allegory of forty thousand years of human evolution. Inspired by Native American culture, Le Cercle is an appeal for respect for the planet and the protection of peace and harmony on Earth. The powerful architecture of the Peter Harrison Planetarium provides the setting for this miniature but epic, street theatre gem.

Access: Royal Observatory, Greenwich is located on Blackheath Ave at the top of Greenwich Park Hill. Disabled parking via Blackheath Gate until park closure at 9.30pm


Brainwave
Presented by Whalley Range All Stars
Sat 3 - Sun 4 July
1.30pm & 5pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 25 mins

A garden shed provides the setting for this exploration of human consciousness, created by one of the UK’s most original street theatre companies. A battle between wishful thinking, mental blocks and twisted logic is played out featuring puppetry, ingenious stagecraft and original music in a highly illuminating and entertaining theatrical day dream!


Whose Hair Dares
Presented by Osadia
Sat 3 - Sun 4 July
Sat & Sun 12.30pm & 3.30pm
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 90 mins

Direct from Barcelona this highly theatrical fusion of hair-sculpture and audience participation might have been dreamt up by artist Leigh Bowery. Watch in amazement as the most unusual tonsorial transformations are carried out - or why not take courage, step up to the stage and be part of an experience which has toured the world.


Fishing for Shadows
Presented by Wild Theatre
Sat 3 - Sun 4 July
12.00 midday, 2pm & 3.45pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 75 mins

Immerse yourself in a theatre garden filled with puppets, automata, music and sound effects. In this interactive, magical environment inspired by the beaches and glaciers of Aotearoa/New Zealand, images are created from natural materials, driftwood, recycled wood and found objects.


Home
Presented by Tangled Feet
Sun 4 July
1.15pm & 3.15pm
Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 45 mins

Launching a new creative partnership relationship with GDIF, one of the UK’s most promising young outdoor theatre companies presents a nomadic piece of theatre that, like a camper, arrives in any place, unpacks, tells a story, packs up again and leaves. Whether home is a mansion, a shack, or a tent, we all strive to protect the place of safety that we’ve created. Using their trademark blend of physicality, image, atmosphere, music and narrative, Tangled Feet explore where the edge of “home” is.


Slot
Presented by Nats Nus Dansa
Sun 4 July
2.15pm & 5pm
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10
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FREE (no ticket required) Runs approx 30 mins

Stopping off in Greenwich following appearances at Canary Wharf on Sat 3 July (see page 42), this year’s Festival closes with a dance piece exploring the way in which we each carry around different maps of the world with us. Four timeless characters, laden down with suitcases, stop off on their way to share the dreams and dances they have gathered from their long travels across oceans and continents.