Details of Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found are announced: a theatrical adventure in Cardiff City Centre, created by Welsh theatre company Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found, the hotly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Streets 2014 will run from 26 June – 3 July in a secret location in Cardiff City Centre and tickets are now on sale.
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found is an immersive theatrical experience in which the audience is invited to roam through the space encountering characters and uncovering a story as the action unfolds all around them. The performance uncovers a hidden world of lost items from keys and glasses to love and loved ones.
The piece is performed by a large cast of actors with and without disabilities, including nine performers from Hijinx Academy in Cardiff, Hijinx’s professional training course for actors with learning disabilities.
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found reunites the successful partnership between Hijinx – specialists in inclusive theatre - and Punchdrunk Enrichment, the education and outreach arm of renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk.
Beneath the Streets 2014, which saw the basement of Cardiff’s Castle Arcade transformed in to a labyrinth of performance spaces, received a nomination for Best Production in the English Language at Wales Theatre Awards 2015.
This year’s production develops some of the stories and characters from the first show, and takes place in a new secret location in the city centre with an extended run of 12 performances.
Hijinx’s Chief Executive, Clare Williams, commented “We are thrilled to be producing a sequel to the highly successful ‘Beneath the Streets’. We firmly believe that our partnership with Punchdrunk Enrichment, who are experts in immersive performance, combined with the talents and uniqueness of Hijinx Academy actors and a wider inclusive cast, will make for an utterly unique performance. Don’t miss it!”
Punchdrunk’s Enrichment Director, Peter Higgin, commented “We relished our time with Hijinx in 2014. The partnership was a profound experience; Hijinx Academy have an intoxicating and infectious energy that makes working with them compelling, addictive and incredibly rewarding. We are delighted to return to Cardiff and pick-up where we left off, and know that ‘Beneath the Streets’ audiences both old and new are in for a real treat.”
Hijinx have received funding from Arts Council Wales to produce Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found. This year, Wales Millennium Centre are a production partner on the show.
Hijinx Unity Festival
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found coincides with Hijinx Unity Festival, five days of performances workshops and events celebrating the best of inclusive and disability arts from around the world from 1-5 July. For more information on the festival see hijinxunity.org.uk.
A limited number of tickets are available for each performance due to its unique setting. Early booking is advised. Tickets are £10 (£6 concessions) and are available from Chapter Arts Centre and Wales Millennium Centre. The secret location will be revealed at the time of booking.
Accessible performances take place on 3 July – BSL interpretation at both performances and Audio Description at the 9pm performance.
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found takes place on Friday 26June 7pm and 9 pm, Saturday 27 June 7pm and 9 pm, Sunday 28 June 3pm and 5pm, Tuesday 30 June 7 pm, Wednesday 1 July 7 pm, Thursday 2 July 7 pm and 9 pm, Friday 3 July 6.30 pm and 9 pm.
More press information available from: Vanessa Morse, Hijinx Theatre
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