10 September 2019

Last Saturday saw Mansfield town centre come alive with all manner of fantastical performances and events with The Full Shebang Festival.

Many people travelled into Mansfield especially for the event as well as entertaining those who’d come in for shopping too.

The free festival, produced by First Art, attended by some 8,000 people and one show alone attracted an audience of at least 900 people.

Karl Greenwood, First Art Director commented:

“We’re chuffed to bits with how the Festival has gone down. We’ve had some really great feedback from local people and the organisations we worked with.”

Amongst the comments received about The Full Shebang were things such as:

“It’s not often that entertainment comes to Mansfield that my teen is interested in, yet he loved this. Thank you for providing a great day for us to make memories, share laughs and spend valuable quality time together.”


“Amazing. We need more things like this.”

Performance of Belly of the Whale at The Full Shebang Festival

Belly of the Whale, Ocham’s Razor © Lamar Francois 2019

Festival goers were treated to acts such as Belly of the Whale, from theatre company Ockham’s Razor, which involves a giant semi-circular see-saw that the artists perform mesmerising feats, and Look up from Hikapee Theatre, a high-wire circus show featuring a puppet.

There were also interactive events including The Actual Reality Arcade – a life-size game zone that had people in giggles as they dodged space invaders and laser beams, and the cheeky Bingo Lingo, and surprising Theatre for One.

A girl enjoys the Actual Reality Arcade at The Full Shebang Festival 2019

Playing out classic arcade games in The Actual Reality Arcade
© Lamar Francois 2019

A boy takes part in Theatre for One at The Full Shebang Festival 2019

Theatre for One gave individual 3-minute performances, with a touch of the unexpected.
© Lamar Francois 2019

Another favourite was the Ragroof Tea Dance: Dance through the Decades – in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre.

Woman and child at model making workshop at The Full Shebang 2019

The Aardman Animations workshops to make your own ‘Gromit’ were a huge hit
© Lamar Francois 2019

In the Makers’ Quarter at The Old Library and Mansfield Museum, there was super-cool mask making and model making with Aardman Animations which had people creating their very own Gromit, of Wallace and Gromit fame, to take home, and circus skills workshops with the brilliant Circus House.

Young girl at Circus Workshop as part of The Full Shebang 2019

The circus skills workshops were enjoyed by all ages.
© Lamar Francois 2019

Support from local organisations including Mansfield District Council, Inspire Youth Arts, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield Museum, and Mansfield BID, all helped to make the event possible and the success that it was.