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Stockton International Riverside Festival promises to raise the roof

One of this year's highlights at the Stockton International Riverside Festival will be The Roof which is described as an unusual blend of 3D sound

Stockton International Riverside Festival 2013

The 27th Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) will take place from July 31 to August 3 with more than 100 shows packed into the long weekend.

One of this year's highlights will be The Roof which is described as an unusual blend of 3D sound, contemporary dance and free running set against the Stockton skyline.

Inspired by computer games, it is the third collaboration between theatre director David Rosenberg and choreographer Frauke Requardt of Fuel Theatre. It follows Electric Hotel in 2010 and Motor Show in 2012.

The audience, wearing headphones, will experience a 360 degree performance which will begin with a figure emerging from a door onto the roof and then desperately trying to stay alive.

It will take place in the Dairy Carpark off Church Road in an arena designed by Jon Bausor, the man behind the 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.


The Roof was premiered in London and was well received.

It is deemed not suitable for children under 12 years of age but the festival, devoted to street theatre, circus, dance, music and pyrotechnics from across the world, has many things that are family friendly.

Much of the action will be concentrated on the High Street and Riverside.

The SIRF Community Carnival will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, August 2, with this year’s theme Voyages of Discovery. The parade will go from Church Road, down the High Street and finish up beside the River Tees.

As always, the festival will feature spectacular, large-scale shows and smaller, more intimate forms of entertainment.

Entry to the festival, which is run by Stockton Council and supported by Arts Council England, is free. To see the full festival programme, visit www.sirf.co.uk


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