This May half term will see the Big Top arrive on Bicester’s Whitelands Farm Sports Ground as the climax of the Mill Arts Centre’s B-Live season for a week-long run of performances of The Hogwallops.
Spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this chaotic and colourful tale of a family of misfits. Heart-stopping aerial and floor acrobatics combine with an original musical score to create an absurd portrayal of everyday life.
The hilarious family’s antics create a crazy home that resembles an adventure playground where riotous, anarchic fun prevails. Everyday activities become triggers for mayhem, simple tasks like hanging out the washing become a tangle of swinging, flying bodies and fabric. Dinner-time becomes a teasing game of animalistic juggling and baking takes on dangerous proportions that would appall Mary Berry as the household furniture is precariously stacked and balanced on the roof.
Fast-rising UK based contemporary circus company Lost In Translation Circus take inspiration from Roal Dahl’s The Twits and Ettora Scola’s Film Bruti, Sporchi e Cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad) in this dysfunctional, quirky and funny family show.
Guaranteed to leave a massive grin on your face, The Hogwallops will captivate audiences of all ages with its magical wit, warmth and charm.
The Hogwallops will be at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground from 30th May to the 2nd June with both evening and matinee performances.
Tickets are £12 (£8 Under 16), with a family ticket available for just £30. Advance tickets are available to book in person from Coles Bookshop in Bicester, The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury or by telephone on 01295 279002 or online at www.bicesterlive.co.uk.
To top it all off, Oxford Playhouse will take up residency at Whitelands Farm the following weekend in their very own Plays Out tent to present The History of Everything. Packed with facts and fit to bursting with fun, this show brings history to life with a bubbling mix of strorytelling, comedy, music, puppets and more.
Don’t miss out on a great big blast through the past for everyone aged 4 to 11 and their families.
Showtimes: Saturday 8th June at 11am, 1.30pm & 4pm & Sunday 9th June at 11am & 1.30pm. Tickets £8 / Children £6 / Family £20