A Grand Showzam!

Showzam - Star of Wonder - Grand Theatre

Showzam - Star of Wonder - Grand Theatre

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Showzam!, Blackpool’s annual festival of circus, magic and new variety returns to Blackpool Grand Theatre from Tuesday to Sunday, February 14 to 19.

The venue’s contribution to the festivities starts with The Animals and Children Took To the Streets on Tuesday, February 14.

Trust no one, suspect even your own shadow and welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions: a stinking, sprawling tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf is always at the door.

When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?

Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with film and animation this is the wickedly twisted show from multiple award-winning production company, 1927.

Starting the same night and running until Thursday in the Grand Theatre’s Lawrence House Studio, Theatre in the Quarter, Chester’s leading professional community theatre company is staging a brand new production, Star of Wonder.

On Christmas Eve, in 1899, under the watchful eyes of a packed house in a local music hall the unimaginable happened. Star of Wonder tells the tale of a small group of music hall performers whose lives are affected by the introduction of a new act – an acclaimed female magician, Isis, the Star of Egypt.

We see the characters both onstage and off as they reveal their secrets, dreams and fears. This musical feast is a glimpse into a world gone by – a world where magic is real.

Circus Shorts, a two day ‘festival within a festival’, is new for 2012. At The Grand on Wednesday and Thursday, February 15 and 16, it showcases the best in contemporary circus, combining traditional circus skills and theatrical techniques to convey a story.

Starring, amongst others, Mattress Circus, a collaborative physical performance that illustrates the journey of three clown acrobats falling, fighting and laughing, all set behind and around a mattress! So & So Circus will be presenting The Hot Dots, a beautiful and touching story of two vaudeville performers who meet and fall in love in the summer of 1932.

Compered by Doug Francisco, ringmaster and founder of the Invisible Circus, there is a different Circus Shorts programme each night.

Ida Barr is nothing like your granny. She has embraced the music of today with her own rap and called it Artificial Hip Hop!

If you’re a lover of fresh and funky ‘phat’ rhymes about prescription medication, multi-cultural Britain and home helps who have a phobia of dusting dado rails then Ida Barr’s Variety Parade is for you.

Joined by Marawa the Amazing, Up and Over, Romany Diva of Magic and many more acts Ida Barr’s Variety Parade is on Friday February 17.

The Hero next door, Fireman Sam, also returns to The Grand just in time for Showzam! Join Sam and all his friends on Sunday February 19 as Pontypandy plays host to its first ever music festival.

* To book call (01253) 743339 or click on www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk