Theatre takes to the streets of Blackburn Town Centre

A cast of outdoor performers will take to the streets to bring Blackburn town centre to life as part of the Blackburn Business Improvement District’s (BID) Countryside Comes to Town festival.

The 2016 nature-themed event, which is now in its second year, take places on Saturday, 25th June with a host of street theatre and themed events at venues across the town centre.

The acts who perform at festivals all over the world include two human size pigeons on King William Street, two walk talking trees in Cathedral Quarter and mischievous fairies in flowerpots.

The street theatre launches at 10.15am with Green Fingered Folk who present the magical garden fairies residing in two topiary bushes on King William Street at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.

At 11.30am visitors can head over to Cathedral Square for live entertainment, street food, music, demonstrations, dance and music videos hosted by the ‘Grow Your Own’ duo. There will be hay bales for visitors to watch the show beamed from the stage up to a 46-meter square big screen until 6pm.

For a photo opportunity, catch Treemendous by Megabeast Productions at the multi-million-pound Cathedral Quarter from 12.15pm. The two towering treants will be in full costume and armed with an arsenal of tree related humour.

After sampling food and drink at Cathedral Square, visitors can meet two walkabout characters laden with ancient magic, props and relics from 12.30pm. Creature Encounters present Otto the Otter and Teddy the Fox for three 30-minute shows throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile on King William Street, two theatre pigeons will entertain the audience with their outrageous behaviour. The giant puppets will be strutting the street in true pigeon style at 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Other activities on King William Street include Gardeners’ Question Time with Leek FM’s expert gardeners Pete and Ged Moss who will be on hand to answer all horticultural and healthy lifestyle questions at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

Manager of the Blackburn BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “Street theatre is a huge part of the Countryside Comes to Town festival. The extensive line-up features interactive fun and humour for all ages and we are looking forward to seeing the reaction on people’s faces as they watch the weird and wonderful performances on the streets throughout the day.”

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