September 21, 2017

Battle Festival 2017 launches on Saturday 7 October with an outstanding free outdoor show to bring the whole community together, which will see a 20ft giant puppet move through the streets, along with choirs, musicians, actors and a children’s lantern procession.

The Winter Giant from award-winning producers Beautiful Creatures Theatre, tells the heartwarming tale of a giant looking for a place to call home. The Winter Giant tells the story of anyone who has ever been lost or looking for shelter. It speaks of our common humanity, of the importance of a community that welcomes everyone, and of the desire amongst all humans to live in a safe, warm place.

The show is in the form of a procession through the streets of Battle, on Saturday 7 October, starting at Battle Recreation Ground starting on North Trade Road by the Guide Hut at 7.30pm, proceeding down the High Street and finishing on the Abbey Green in front of Battle Abbey at 9pm.

This performance is rooted in the community – a series of lantern-making workshops  for children are currently underway in schools and other community spaces, and music will come from a group of more than 100 singers from community choirs, alongside professional musicians and actors.

Danielle Corbishley, Artistic Director of Beautiful Creatures says “We are very excited to be bringing The Winter Giant to Battle this October, and looking forward to working with over 200 local participants to bring the production to life. We have been exploring themes of home and displacement with the community of Battle and invite everybody to come and welcome the giant on the 7th October for a spectacular and dramatic processional show.”

Battle Festival 2017 runs throughout October and also includes a plethora of other events spanning music, visual art, literature, film, poetry, comedy, food, and family entertainment. To download the full programme click here.