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Brighton Journal | 25th May 2020

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Without Walls: free events addressing the urgent issues of our time

Without Walls: free events addressing the urgent issues of our time
Hannah Midgley

Without Walls and Brighton Festival are joining together to host a day of exciting and eclectic outdoor performances that address the urgent political and social issues of our time.

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© The Tide

Without Walls is a collection of festivals that bring outdoor arts to people across the UK, focused on celebrating artistic innovation and diversity. Many of the shows address contemporary issues, such as modern slavery, female empowerment and immigration. The performances raise light on these issues important issues in free, outdoor spaces that bring communities together.

Head down to the beach (under the i360) this Saturday, the 11th of May, for the first selection of free events for all ages:

Talawa Theatre Company – The Tide.

Saturday 11th of May (11 am, 4.45 pm)

A dinghy is washed up on a shore, carrying the hopes, aspirations and dreams of its passengers as they clamber out onto land. Co-created by writer Ryan Calais Cameron and choreographer Jade Hackett, The Tide unpicks the stories and imagery of the most pertinent issue of our era: migration.

Justice in Motion – On Edge

Saturday 11th of May (11.45 am, 3.45 pm)

An international cast, including leading parkour athletes, marry exciting choreography and athletics to ask what freedom really means. Join them before their stunning On Edge performance to explore the sensational freedom of moving around the parkour construction site!

On Edge

Initiative.dkf – Scalped

Saturday 11th of May (12.45 pm, 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm)

A dance theatre exploration of fashion and conformity, life and otherness through an exhibition piece on Black women’s hair; Scalped channels global icon Grace Jones in a performance that is an affirmation of liberation and defiance.


Motionhouse – Wild

Saturday 11th of May  (1.30 pm, 5.30 pm)

What is it to be wild? This daring new dance circus production explores our disconnect with the natural environment. In our increasingly urban lives, is the wild still shaping our behaviour? Where do we belong? Do we choose to survive as a lone wolf or engage with the pack and the tribe?


Josephine Burns, who is the chair of Without Walls has said:

‘Without Walls explodes the boundaries of the imagination. Celebrating its 13th season year in 2019, the programme is the biggest ever, taking glorious and socially relevant outdoor shows to festivals across the country. We’re thrilled by this programme, made by artists who are unafraid to address some of the most painful and difficult issues that face our society now. And still have a great deal of awesome fun! We know you – our audience – will too.

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