It is the festive season which means there is a whole lot of shows that are being put on stage specifically for this time of year and I am very excited that I get the chance to speak to some of the cast of a handful of these shows to find out all about them. Today I speak to The Revel Puck Circus Artistic Director Like Hallgarten about the show The Wing Scuffle Spectacular. The Show is being performed between the 15th December and the 8th January in Beckenham Place Park as part of the finale for Lewisham London Borough of Culture 2022. The show is also a celebration of fear – I spoke to Luke to find out all about it.
Hello, tell us a little bit about yourself!
We are The Revel Puck Circus, a new circus company from East London made up of a collective of circus artists, technicians, producers and makers. We create new circus shows for big top tents, rejecting traditional performance venues to take our work into the hearts of local communities.
We want to make work that is for everyone, from everywhere, our shows are based in joy and absurdity with exceptional circus talent we create a cocktail of high-level circus technique, absurdist comedy non-linear narrative. From five, to twenty-five to fifty years old, we strive for everyone to take three things away from our shows – resonance, reflection, and a big old smile!
Tell us all about the characters in the performance?
The show features a cast of 9 artists with a range of circus specialisations, we are a female majority company with a full troupe of 20 people to make the performance happen.
Tell us about what audiences can expect?
The Wing Scuffle Spectacular – a celebration of fear. It’s our biggest show yet with a fantastic cast of trailblazing artists. It’s a fun filled 2 hours (including interval) that will get everyone’s feet stamping and hips wiggling. We have some big circus props in the show along with more traditional classical apparatus, expect diving boards, chainsaws, tight-wires, aerial and big acrobatics.
The show begins with the immersive experience of our circus village, enter into our circle of caravans and sit with an artist around one of our wood burning fires, get a glass of mulled wine before heading into the atmospheric heated big top for a fun filled evening!
What are your favourite things about the festive season and why?
Getting together with friends and family, appreciating each other and the time spent together.
This time of year the venues tend to be a bit busier as well – do you find that the audience changes at all?
We find audiences to be warm and welcoming! Everyone wants to be together and there is a genuine spirit of community in the air.
What advice would you give for people performing around the festive season?
Pace. Yourself. It’s a lot, combining this number of shows with other life commitments, so remember to look after each other!
What is the best thing about a night at your show for the audience?
For us it’s the feeling of wonder and possibility that people leave with, it’s an immersive experience that brings people together to share in the joy and the laughter.
Also, importantly there is no audience participation in our shows!
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
@revelpucks on all platforms
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
True. Vibe. City.