The Urban Playground – STEAM

Festival of Thrift
Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Location: Beehive Arena, near the Lunar Stage.

Urban Explorers discover a locomotive and take you on a journey through its life, fusing parkour, dance and slapstick comedy. STEAM is family street-theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before. Urban explorers discover the skeletal remains of a machine that changed the world. Captivated, they open a furnace and shovel coal on the fires of the past. In the ghostly light of the hungry engine images of epic journeys appear. Engineers & drivers hurry at the sound of a whistle’s blast, and the passengers; the passengers begin to dance…

In STEAM The Urban Playground Team relive the imagined life of a steam locomotive through scenes inspired by the movies of Buster Keaton, gun fights of the old West, the rooftop stunts of James Bond, the daily grind of rush hour and the heartbreak of the First World War. In a dramatic shift, the performance-parkour company that defined the look of

Freerunning on stage return with a dance-theatre piece unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Celebrating 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train between Stockton and Darlington.

Photographs by Richard Baybutt.

SHOW TIMES: 11am & 2.30pm daily.
WORKSHOPS: 11.30am & 3pm daily.


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