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Saturday, 4 September 2010

The National Theatre Festival - The Chipolatas

Watch This Space Festival is the National Theatre’s free summer celebration of outdoor theatre, circus, dance, acrobatics, storytelling and film for all ages which takes place in Theatre Square, in front of the National Theatre.

I went on the sunny bank holiday Monday to celebrate the end of summer with some close friends. We watched ‘The Chipolatas’ billed as ‘gentlemen of the road and masters of the street’. They were great fun, and even though the show was clearly geared towards children we all really enjoyed it! The National Theatre cleverly introduce theatre and music to young children through free performances such as this. They jump around, play music, juggle with fire and much more. The audience participation captivated everybody's attention despite the difference in ages. I particularly love the accordion and drum accompaniment, which they seem to improvise and the acoustic rhythms they incorporate into their medieval style music.

The Chipolatas were established in 1992, and their performance style is quite unique, combining high-octane circus skills, music, theatre and dance. Their repertoire includes a range of educational outreach projects, with a mission to pass on skills and performance techniques to new generations.

The National Theatre Festival continues until 26 September 2010.

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