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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Lakes Alive summer spectacular in Cumbria

HUNDREDS of people defied stormy skies for an evening of Cumbria street theatre.

Lakes Alive’s latest summer spectacular opened in Millom on Wednesday in front of a crowd of hundreds.

Market Square in Millom was transformed into an old-fashioned variety theatre as three acts wowed the crowd with dance, slapstick comedy and high-flying acrobatics.

The show was opened by the madcap Maynard FlipFlap with his egg flinging antics.

He was followed by Bernie Bennett, who provided heart-stopping tightrope skills and comic buffoonery, including a sudden transformation into a superhero, before perilously perching above Market Square.

The show finished with an intriguing performance of Captive from acclaimed contemporary dance company Motionhouse, set within a giant cage.

The piece is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther and considers how a human, like an animal, can be plucked from normal life and plunged into captivity.

Jeremy Shine, artistic director of the tour, said: “This is all about reaching new people.

“The problem with the arts is people think it’s not for them – there’s a large number of people who do not go to artistic events because they’re simply put off.

“By taking this out we’re reaching out to more people.”

The crowd turned out despite heavy showers at around 5.30pm.

Angela Swales attended along with her partner, Ross Driver, and nephews Ollie and Charlie.

She said: “We didn’t know it was on.

“I’ve came down with my two nephews – it’s been great.”

Mr Driver added: “It’s great what they’re doing – there should be more of it. Get a bit of community spirit going.”

Vic Clarke and his wife Ann, of Market Street, were among the crowd.

He said: “We heard about the event so we thought we’d come down and have a look.

“This sort of thing should be supported.”

Mrs Clarke added: “It’s great to have things like this coming to Millom.

“It’s a great event – it’s different.”

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