Theatre brings new life to market place

Visual and performance arts at South Elmsall Market with Faceless. Deborah Sanderson and The Heron. (H512F234)
Visual and performance arts at South Elmsall Market with Faceless. Deborah Sanderson and The Heron. (H512F234)

A GIANT heron and racing snails helped to bring new life to South Elmsall Market at an arts and theatre fun day.

The day of creativity on Saturday, August 18, saw children and their families making flags and prints in the Space to Create.

And a 12 foot high heron was also on the scene in an interactive theatre production in the event with the Faceless Company, which works to provide arts experiences to people.

The Jubilee themed fun day was part of a project funded by the Arts Council England.

The Wakefield Outdoor Arts Reach programme aims to bring events to areas that don’t usually get to see these types of performances.

Bev Adams, artistic director of Faceless, said: “The funding enables us to explore creative and innovative ways to give new audiences access to high quality work, in areas such South Elmsall, which doesn’t normally have opportunities for arts in such an unusual way.

“It was a great day, it was really lovely - we had around 152 people come through the Space to Create.

“It all went down really well, we had some lovely comments.

“The South Elmsall Town Partnership were hoping for the event to breathe new life into the market and they said that more people had come down and spent longer there so that’s great.

“Faceless aims to inspire people to feel proud of where they live and events like the South Elmsall Jubilee event offer new opportunities for community entertainment on their own doorsteps.

“We had a really good day and the people of South Elmsall were great.”

The day also saw a Snailympics with two slow moving, giant snails that families got the chance to compete against.

Brenda Graham, of the South Elmsall Town Centre Partnership, thanked the Wakefield District NHS Primary Care Trust for enabling the market to be part of the Wakefield Outdoor Arts Reach programme.

She said: “The South Elmsall Town Centre Partnership is so pleased that all these partners are keen to regenerate the market place by bringing new activities for families to enjoy and opportunities for the Market traders to revive the area and make it thrive again as the hub of the South Elmsall community.

“Faceless were a welcome addition to a fantastic Jubilee event.”

The event in South Elmsall was the seventh out of 12 that Faceless has hosted as part of the Wakefield Outdoor Arts Reach Programme.

For information on the company or future events call 01924 335985.