Sunday, 16 June
Rochester Castle Gardens
The Word Shed
Come and visit The Word Shed, where inside, instead of seeds, pots and a lawnmower, you will find yourself in a blossoming, inspirational world of words. During the festival, visitors to The Word Shed will help create a new ME4 Writers’ publication. On the first two days, you will have the chance to add your poem or short story to our growing publication, on the third day, the writers will perform highlights from the new, nurtured and fully-grown publication, and you can take away your free copy.
The Wonderful World of Mr E
Mr E travels through the audience’s imagination, visiting strange new lands and going on fun adventures in his converted steampunk caravan. Inside you will find cupboards full of intriguing objects from strange and exotic worlds, mechanical instruments to wind and turn, and meet unusual creatures never seen before. Let Mr E and his two assistants take you on an adventure into imagination itself.Small Wonders commision by Commotion Dance
Little Artist: Big Painting
Watch as the dancers create a visually striking, larger than life painting through a colourful mixture of dance, paint and music. This playful and intriguing dance has been made especially for the outdoors and for under 5s and their families.
A beautifully crafted wooden dragon musical installation. You are invited to operate the half dozen handles, which launch 12ft tall George the Dragon into a grand display of hand-cranked contraptioneering.
The Flying Machine
Climb aboard The Flying Machine and get ready for a wonderous adventure. Become a member of the crew and set off on a journey through the skies exploring new worlds, stories and songs from across the globe and beyond. This exciting performance brings to life your imagination in a fantastic multi-sensory experience with lots of fun props to enjoy. Best suited to children aged four to nine-years but older and younger are always very welcome.Plungeboom
The Vegetable Nannies invite you to join them in their temporary allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare. Come and get kitted out with gloves and trowels before getting stuck into the domestic duties of feeding, bathing, perambulating and other general T.L.C for the baby vegetables. Or, on the other hand, just put your feet up on the garden furniture and watch life’s little miracles emerge from the ground.Bureau of Silly Ideas
Shirt or Squirt
A fun racing game were two people on static bicycles pedal and generate electricity. This powers pumps that empty chambers of “blood sweat and tears”. The intent is to use competitive instinct to raise issues involved with the creation of electricity and encourage people to use bicycles.
Bambolina and Dodo
When the clock strikes twelve, magic begins and a doll comes to life. A poetic pantomime full of romanticism, comedy and illusion inspired, among others, by the myth of Pygmalion and the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann.
La Navet Bete
Fed up with being misunderstood and undervalued at home this high energy troupe of clowns decide to travel away from home in search of their own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Little do they know that a German man has stowed away with them in their tour van and what they all discover on their travels is far from what they’d bargained for.
Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad
This trio of friends have left the serene riverbank behind them, driving into an unknown adventure to discover what’s left of our green and pleasant land. With Toad’s spontaneous antics and loud attempts to involve everyone in his schemes, Ratty and Mole endeavour to make a splendid time of it, stopping for a picnic and the odd satirical song.
Tabitha the Victorian Ghost
Tabitha is a lively servant-maid ghost from the Victorian era and is available for hauntings, polishing and general dust maintenance of any building or dwelling, old or new.
Rag and Bone
Come gather ye round, old and young – the rag and bone trade has just begun. In this magical, family-friendly walkabout show, meet the jaunty and ethereal Mr. Rags with his eccentric puppet pony Bonesy, a cart full of treasured objects and panoply of stories and songs.
Having accidentally been transported to our world with his dimension-hopping pet shop, Bill Oddity must find a way home by any means possible…and if he can shift some stock on the way, so much the better.
Prospective customers will be introduced to Pongo – an 8ft tall flightless bird that is allergic to feathers, a mint condition Schrödinger’s cat (which may or may not be in its original packaging) and a host of other critters that are cared for by, or otherwise infest, Bill.
The Bee Cart
Bee guides Bombus and Borage have left the hive with the Bee Cart, their exciting mobile world of interaction, information and fun exploring all things bees and pollination – an exciting, accessible walkabout theatre piece for audiences of all ages.
Supported by The Co-operative
Garaghty and Thom
Stunning tricks and hilarious comedy combine to create unique live shows full mayhem – some planned, some made up on the spot.
The Dinner Table
A delicious and delectable foodilicious extravaganza. A surreal and fun show where all the guests learn a little something. With audience participation, lots of foody mess and little dancing thrown in for fun.
Festival finale at Rochester Castle Moat…
Lost in Translation Circus presents…
Finding a world where the imagination is free
Inspired by early science fiction and the life and times of Cyrano de Bergerac, this show brings together spectacular aerial techniques and a steampunk inspired mechanical set to create big cinematic imagery and a distinctively wacky world.
Monsieur de La Luna is a wildly imaginative poet and inventor. Today he is inspired to travel to the moon using his home – a strange mechanical contraption along with his courageously disastrous crew. We follow the story of Monsieur de La Luna and his crew as they strive to make his impossible vision become fantastically possible.
Featuring a crew of circus performers, specialising in: Korean cradle – Hula hoops – Hand to hand – Cloudswing – Group Acrobatics – Juggling.