26 July 2021

The Full Shebang branding

Jaw-dropping parkour, high-rise acrobatics, and a man that leaks water…

These are just some of the things people will be able to see as The Full Shebang Festival returns to Mansfield Town Centre on Saturday 11 September.

The Full Shebang Festival is produced by First Art and supported by Without Walls’ Touring Network Partnership and Mansfield District Council.

The free one-day Festival was a runaway success at its premier in 2019.

National and international artists will come together with local talent for a jammed-packed line-up of outdoor performances, walkabout entertainment and activities for all ages, all taking place in and around Mansfield Town Centre.

Leading the host of things to see and do will be On Edge by Justice in Motion, a show that combines heart-stopping parkour moves with compelling outdoor theatre on a construction site.

Performers from Justice in Motion performing On Edge using parkour

On Edge by Justice in Motion combines parkour and compelling outdoor theatre. Image © David Fisher

Other treats will include Joli Vyann with their show Lançe Moi En L’Air which is a mix of circus, dance and theatre to create a spectacular, physical performance.

They’ll be joined by Symoné, a hula hoop artist extraordinaire who can hula-hoop with up to 50 hoops at once, and acrobatic theatre company Mimbre with their breath-taking all-female show, Lifted.

Lifted by Mimbre

Lifted by Mimbre Image © Ben Hopper

One of Europe’s classic street shows will also be making an appearance, with the very amusing The Squirting Man that promises lots of laughs and water.

Two characters dressed head to toe in colourful string costumes perform String and Strong's Great Big Game A Thon

Old skool games and anarchic fun are promised by String and Strong Image © Luke Waddington

Contemporary brass band Back Chat Brass will be performing modern pop classics, and quirky pair String and Strong, who are covered head to toe in colourful string, will be playing 80s throwback games for all to get involved.

The full programme will be announced very soon and will feature shows, live music, puppets and activities across the town centre. Most of the shows use no spoken word and are suitable for all ages.

Karl Greenwood, First Art’s Director said:

We’re delighted to be able to bring The Full Shebang back to Mansfield. This is a chance for people to see and have a go at things that they wouldn’t do normally. We’re bringing acts from all around the country, as well as some home-grown talent.

First Art will do all they can to ensure the Festival is as Covid-safe as it can be for everyone attending and working at the event.

Karl added:

We are extremely mindful of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the health and safety of all visitors, volunteers, performers, and staff is extremely important. We’ll be making sure we follow all guidelines and create a Festival that people feel comfortable to attend,”

The Festival website www.thefullshebang.co.uk will be updated regularly in the lead up to the event.

Learn more about the Festival and the 2019 event here.