Image © Andu Kaprar
Children and Family

Without Walls @ Our Place

28 - 30 May 2021
Free event

Discover exhilarating FREE and NEW pop-up performances from some of the UK’s most innovative outdoor companies

Bring your family to your local park to celebrate the return of live performance from hip-hop to aerial dance in joyful style!

This year, these Without Walls presentations are part of Our Place –our community celebration of creativity – please see here for more information on other events running as part of the exciting Our Place programme,

Performance schedule:

Fri 28 May at the Manor Gym (outside)
Roll Play and Black Victorians double bill

Sat 29 May at the Manor Gym (outside)
Rascally Diner
Roll Play and Black Victorians double bill

Sun 30 May at Hangleton Park
Rascally Diner
Damae Dance and Why double bill

See below for more information about each performance

Image © festival.org_Greenwell

Black Victorians

Inspired by nineteenth century studio photographs of black men, women and children, Black Victorians explores a complex, but often forgotten black presence in pre-Windrush Britain. Picture dancers dressed in restrictive Victorian costumes, shedding them in rebellion as they dance in African, contemporary and hip-hop styles, re-imagining a moment in history. Their movement will invoke their origins in powerful ways, bringing voice and body to the portraits that inspired us.

Image © Andu Kaprar. Performer Chris Thomas

Roll Play

Prepare to be amazed by Simple Cypher’s latest outdoor creation Roll Play, which breathlessly fuses hip-hop and circus. Featuring Cyr wheel, group juggling, feel-good choreography and exceptional beats, three performers use intricate moves and agility to create a captivating, cheeky and effortlessly cool show challenging identity, status and societal roles.

Rascally Diner

The Rascally Diner

Everybody clap your pans – it’s time for The Rascally Diner!

Cook up a stink with Rufus Skumskins O’Parsley, a chef renowned for some of the world's most disgusting dishes, in this fun-filled, messy performance about food. Inspired by the award-winning children’s book The Rascally Cake, LAStheatre’s family show for audiences aged five and above is full of fun, food and silly songs.


Two people face a wall. Waiting. Accepting. Surrendering. Aerial dance company Gravity & Levity have excitingly re-imagined their 2004 debut show, which returns to Brighton Festival for the first time since 2005. Why? Is a vertical dance duet, exploring grief and how we move forwards, performed on a free-standing wall to a powerfully haunting sound score.

This performance will be BSL interpreted by Sue MacLaine

Damae Dance

IRMÃ - sister

What does it take to become close to someone?  And, ultimately, what does it mean? Manchester based Damae Dance company’s IRMÃ is a mesmerizing outdoor piece which uses dance to exhilaratingly explore the challenges of female relationships and their representation on stage. Two women journey through conflict, tenderness, anger, support and understanding.


Brighton Festival is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Find out more on

Why? Is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Re-created with generous support from Arts Council England, The Point, Fidget Feet and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre. IRMÃ is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Hat Fair and Stockton International Riverside Festival. The Rascally Diner is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Just So Festival. Roll Play is supported by Without Walls, Arts Council England, 101 Outdoor Arts and Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Black Victorians is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Brighton Festival, GDIF and Hat Fair.




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