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Redditch’s summer street theatre kicks off at the end of July with entertainment, displays, children's activities and more in the town centre before heading to Winyates in August.

On Friday 26th July, join The Crow House for a wonderful show using an eclectic mix of circus, puppetry, musical saw, harp playing and audience participation. A derelict house appears in the middle of the street. The windows are shattered and a keep out sign bars the front door. A furious bird has taken up residency in the chimney and squawks territorially when anyone comes near the house.

One by one three very different characters arrive through the audience and try to take over the house. A battle of wills and skills ensues with ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing and ingenious plans evolving as each person tries to gain a room inside.

Also joining The Crow House in the Town Centre is Professor Chandler’s Punch and Judy Show; a simple pleasure for all ages, which never fails to delight. Professor Chandler is an expert in raising smiles. Come and see the Crocodile and old Mr Punch up to their usual tricks!

Following on from the performances in July, Winyates Shopping Centre will come alive with street theatre for visitors of all ages on Wednesday 7th August.

Visitors can meet Wonder Woman Diana, the International Woman of Mystery, who introduces herself then changes into Wonder Woman while hula hooping and escaping the evil laser rings that Dr Evil throws her way.

Followed by “The Fatt Matt” show, full of world-class circus skills and delivered with exquisite showmanship. Having worked in circus for 20 years, and trained under Russian and Chinese tutelage, he performs a completely unique show that leaves all audiences impressed. Playing a ukulele whilst standing on his head, no hands on the ground, balancing three eggs upon a chopstick upon his nose and performing the legendary one armed handstand upon a tower of pint glasses.

There will also be additional entertainment and activities* at both events including: Andy Casserley Music, Twistina Balloon Modelling, Animalmania, face painting, Craft Activities, Explore Learning, Bouncy Castle, Lego Workshops and Glamba Drumming.

The events will run from 11am until 3pm. Most activities are free but there is a small charge for face painting, bouncy castle, and craft activities.

*Please note that not all activities will be at both events.

Councillor Mike Rouse, who is responsible for leisure services, said: “The summer holidays are fast approaching and as a parent I know it can sometimes be difficult to keep the whole family entertained for such a long time. Our Street Theatre events are the perfect way to get everyone out of the house, distracted and doing something completely different. I think we are very lucky that children from Redditch and the surrounding areas can experience this kind of live theatre - perhaps for the first time – and the array of activities for very little cost to families.”

For a complete list of dates and performances click here. 

For more information please contact the Events team.