Just So Festival celebrates adventurous new family friendly outdoor performances commissioned by Without Walls for 2018

Just So Festival, 17 – 19 August 2018, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

• Award-winning Just So Festival is part of a national Without Walls consortium who work together to commission and present radical, surprising and thrilling outdoor performances at festivals across the country;

• In 2018 as part of wider events, Just So features six new Without Walls productions – outstanding quality family-friendly shows including dance, theatre, circus, puppetry, science meets art, music and cycling!;

• Just So is set in woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK.

Visitors to the Just So Festival 2018 can expect to experience Without Walls treats including: The Bewonderment Machine by A Bird in the Hand Theatre, a magical cycle-powered ride-on carousel and miniature theatrical flight of the imagination; Bicycle Boy by Helen Eastman Production, a riotous bicycle pedal-powered musical for children aged 6 – 10 and their families; Look Up by Hikapee, aerial circus, puppetry and performance that reveals what we can marvel about nature when we ‘look up’; The band at the end of the world! by Ramshacklicious, a promenade performance with raucous brass music and a home-made water spurting, flaming roaming vehicle; Modern Warrior by Rosie Kay Dance Company a group dance and martial arts stand-off from the company that won Best Independent Dance Company in 2015 by the National Dance Awards and The Playground of Illusions by Travelling Light Circus, science meets art – three giant ‘steampunk’ machines with awe-inspiring visual and sound illusions within!

Sarah Bird, Director, Just So Festival, said: “Just So Festival has been part of Without Walls since 2015; a national consortium of nine commissioning festival partners. We work together to support the creation of excellent, ground-breaking, breath-taking outdoor arts to bring thrilling new work to a wide range of audience.”

Without Walls commissioned artists 2018 based in the North West are Alison Duddle and Mark Whitaker, Co-Directors of A Bird in the Hand Theatre based in Yorkshire. Alison has previously worked with CBBC TV and Mark has spent some time far, far away in another galaxy, working as Creatures Operator in the latest Star Wars films. Andy Benfield, Creative Director of Travelling Light Circus, runs a Manchester-based company and has created many wonderful outdoor experiences including a giant illuminated Christmas Tree for Kew Gardens. He is inspired to make work that ‘wow’ the inner child in all of us.

Just So Festival is a member of Without Walls, the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. The new 2018 commissions are supported by Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation award 2018 – 2022.