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Southwark Presents Blackfriars Stories...complete with a gigantic mechanical elephant

Published Friday, 27 June 2014

Trunk Road

To celebrate the area of Blackfriars, its culture, heritage and history, this summer Southwark presents a series of four different outdoor events and are calling residents to come and see the creative 'stories' unfold for themselves.

The events in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts, A Friend of a Friend Productions, Remarkable Productions, Avant Garde Dance and 47/49 Tanner Street, will take place between July and October.

The first - Trunk Road, on Wednesday 2 July with a nod to nearby Elephant and Castle - will give residents a chance to see the procession of a gigantic mechanical elephant on and around Blackfriars Road.

The elephant, leading a carnival of other animals, will stop off at some extra special hidden garden parties along the way, where all will be entertained by local street performers and live music.

Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle, cabinet member for adults, arts and culture said: "What a great way to celebrate the culture and history of the Blackfriars area, and as for a gigantic mechanical elephant, I am sure it will be a fantastic sight to behold! It is definitely not everyday you see something like that!"

The elephant will start its journey at Friars Primary School at 1.30pm, finishing over by Blackfriars Settlement, Rushworth St by around 6.30pm. For more details on the route and the hidden garden parties, visit Southwark Presents.

Other events in the Blackfriars Stories programme...

  • Romeo and Juliet (20 to 25 August) - To mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday and his history in the borough, a very special street theatre performance of Romeo and Juliet will take audiences on its own journey of the area
  • City Hunt (15 to 21 September) - There will also be a mega treasure hunt with a digital difference as participants will be invited to discover historic and quirky secrets hidden in the streets between the bridge and St George's Circus - with a chance to win some great prizes. As well as maps in various locations close-by, you will also be able to play via a mobile site at http://www.cityhunt.co.uk/
  • Another day (20 to 29 October) Tickets £12 - Finally a theatrical production of eight short plays specially commissioned by A Friend of a Friend Productions and inspired by local stories will invite the audience to become a part of the vibrant, historic Blackfriars backdrop - meeting characters along the way of Another Day on the Mile

For more information on these and all of this summer's events visit www.2.southwark.gov.uk/southwarkpresents or follow on twitter @southwarkevents for latest details.

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