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Watch, listen to and discover the art of performance through talks and exciting productions.

Airs and Graces
Hocus Pocus Theatre and Friends

27 September at 11.15am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm
THE HALLWAY (Entrance foyer)

Hocus Pocus Theatre join forces with hula hoop artist extraordinaire Daisy Black as their renowned Bearded Lady. Headed up by a prima ballerina and prima donna of the highest order they make an unlikely troupe of players to escort and guide you into the heart of the festival.

Excerpts from All Change
Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19

27 September at 12.50pm
THE FRONT ROOM (Paul Hamlyn Hall)

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19 join forces for the first time! This performance combines chorus numbers from existing repertory with new imaginings of existing pieces, in an exploration of some of the timeless themes of opera. Professional soloists join this group of singers young and old.

Puppetry Demonstration
Little Angel Theatre

27 September at 12 noon, 1.45pm and 3.00pm
THE LOCAL (Amphitheatre Bar)

Little Angel Theatre, based in Islington has been the home of puppetry in London since 1961. Little Angel Theatre is known for producing high quality puppet theatre and crafting all kinds of wonderful characters in their magical workshop. Come and see a spellbinding display of puppetry skills from some of their leading puppeteers, with some of their beautiful hand crafted puppets, meet the puppets and take the opportunity to see how the magic is made up close and personal! There will be opportunities to ask questions and maybe even have a go yourself!

The above events are free with a Festival Day Pass.

Symphonie Dramatique
Cas Public

23–26 September
UNDER THE STAIRS (Linbury Studio Theatre)

Tickets: £7.50–20

Québécois dance company Cas Public have won widespread acclaim for bringing thrilling contemporary dance to younger audiences. Symphonie Dramatique is their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Eight dancers tell the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers with the company’s characteristic contagious energy, shedding new light on literature’s most famous love story. Sound artist Martin Tétreault creates the score, drawing on Romeo and Juliet music written by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gounod and others.