The Line-Up

Roll Play

By Simple Cypher

A mash-up of circus and hip hop, be wowed by Simple Cypher’s explosive tricks and artful dexterity in this performance that challenges identity, status and societal roles.

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By Gravity & Levity

A tender and exhilarating aerial duet exploring themes of life, loss, surrender and acceptance in a soft and moving way.

Performed in two parts, ‘Why?’ uses climbing harnesses and abseil lines to dance a ‘vertical dance’ on a bespoke free-standing wall.

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Forbidden Identity

By Billy Read, produced by Deaf Explorer

Street dance, mime, and sign language come together in this exploration of the personal struggle of a Deaf child growing up in a hearing world.

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By Tit for Tat

Four bedraggled book enthusiasts travel from town to town – forced between the margins – on a mission to protect literature.

It seems these bookworms take their immersion to dangerously extreme lengths. But with the membership numbers of their strange little book club dwindling, they must embark on a quest to recruit more radical reading enthusiasts.

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What Happened To You?

By Nikki Charlesworth

Meet Little Red, Noodles and Bo, three raggedy puppets just trying to get through the day. Watch them persevere and find creative ways to overcome their impassable surroundings, using humour to chase the frustration away.

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Shebang Introducing

Produced by Inspire in partnership with First Art

Head to Buttercross (next to Mansfield Central Library) for the Shebang Introducing sessions.

Sit back, relax and listen to covers and original songs from top regional talent.

Sessions at 10.30am, 1pm and 4pm (each session lasts an hour)

See the line up & times

The Time Machine Disco

By Glass House Dance

Time Machine Disco has landed and now, Mansfield, it is your mission to save the future of dance! Come and join the party, release your inner rebel and take over the street.

Wanna dance with somebody

Urban Astronaut

By Highly Sprung

The future. Earth is uninhabitable, destroyed by environmental pollution. But could this devastation be prevented?

Suspended on a gravity defying flying machine, the Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities to provide a glimpse of a not-so dystopian future.

See the Urban Astronaut

The Menagerie

By Bureau of Silly Ideas

A herd of street furniture with feelings cause hilarity and surprise – this must mean the Bureau of Silly Ideas are in town!

Get ready for high jinx

Ocho and Arachnobot

By Tim Davies Design

Meet Ocho and Arachnobot, two giant puppets who want to make new friends in Mansfield.

These stunning and imaginative puppets by Tim Davies Design are for all age groups. Are you brave enough to say hello?

Come and say hello

The Poetry Takeaway

The world’s first mobile poetry emporium.

Queue up to order a takeaway poem written especially for you (or someone you know) by one of the poetry chefs.

Get them whilst they're hot

Workshops & Drop-in Activity

FREE drop-in workshops including circus skills, hip-hop circus and creating a World-Saving Chatterbox with a real-life author and illustrator.

Find out more details about the workshops