Spec­tac­u­lar SIRF

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Stock­ton International River­side Fes­ti­val ended in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion de­spite high winds caus­ing a brief halt to the fire­work dis­play.

Crowds flocked to Stock­ton’s river­side to watch French masters of py­rotech­nics and per­cus­sion, Com­man­dos Percu, put on their stun­ning show Le Con­cert de Feu.

Or­gan­is­ers de­bated whether to can­cel the much-an­tic­i­pated fi­nale due to strong winds through­out the evening but the weather re­lented, al­low­ing the show to go ahead.

But a lit­tle bit of wind and rain didn’t de­ter the crowds, who turned out in their thou­sands.

The per­for­mance ended the four day fes­ti­val of the­atre, cir­cus, dance and mu­sic to a fit­ting end.

On Satur­day au­di­ences and shop­pers at the com­mu­nity car­ni­val were treated to an ex­plo­sion of vi­brant colour, amaz­ing car­ni­val rhythm, dance and a mas­sive sea ser­pent.

Au­di­ences and shop­pers were treated to an ex­plo­sion of vi­brant colour, amaz­ing car­ni­val rhythm, dance and a mas­sive sea ser­pent as the an­nual Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val set off along Stock­ton High Street. The pa­rade – in­spired by the theme of Myth­i­cal Lands and Fan­tas­ti­cal Crea­tures – only marked the be­gin­ning of a kalei­do­scopic ar­ray of dance, com­edy, cir­cus and mu­sic tak­ing place all day at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the town

On the High Street’s plinth, En­con­tros, per­formed by Lusco E Fusco, ex­plored the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two char­ac­ters by com­bin­ing phys­i­cal the­atre, dance and con­tem­po­rary cir­cus.

Mean­while, SIE7E, a quirky the­atre on wheels, treated au­di­ences on Stock­ton High Street to ten min­utes of sur­pris­ing com­edy sketches based on ev­ery­day ob- jects. Also on the High Street, a car­a­van be­came the stage for a mur­der mystery that in­vited au­di­ence mem­bers of all ages to re­con­struct a crime scene in Who Killed My Rab­bit?

Over at the Par­ish Gar­dens, ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries were brought to life thanks to Dr Lat­i­tude and her team of mis­fits in The Fan­tas­ti­cal Fly­ing Ex­ploratory Lab­o­ra­tory.

Au­di­ences were en­thralled by tales of wit, hon­our and courage in a show that fea­tured orig­i­nal mu­sic, songs, un­usual pup­pets, im­pres­sive aerial skills and plenty of com­edy.

Scenes from the dra­matic fi­nal cer­e­mony of the Stock­ton In­ter­na­tional River­side Fes­ti­val

■ Re­mem­ber When - down Mem­ory Lane ev­ery day

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