Visitors to Birmingham are being urged to look out for singing waiters, dancers and even an ‘urban astronaut’ performing at the Bull Ring Markets this weekend.
Shoppers visiting the Indoor, Rag and Open Markets will also be entertained by musicians, vegetable nannies and a comical rugby referees as part of the city-wide arts festival, Birmingham Weekender.
On Saturday (26 September) the Urban Astronaut will be wandering around the markets performing an environmental story using dance, design and a unique travelling flying machine. Performances, by theatre company Highly Strung, will be on Edgbaston Street at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Plungeboom’s vegetable nannies – pushing prams full of baby vegetables including Barbara the Watermelon Beauty Queen and David the Shy Little Marrow – will be telling stories to shoppers at 2.30pm.
Birmingham Opera Company will bring The Waiter’s Revenge – a 20-minute tale of a drunken waiter and a suspicious-looking bag – to the tearooms at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring at 4pm.
There’s plenty of time between these performances to explore Bull Ring Markets, with 500-plus stalls that offer a wide variety of goods from fancy dress to falafel.
Amanda Prosser-Davis, Operations Manager for Bull Ring Markets for Birmingham City Council, said: “We’re proud to be hosting some Birmingham Weekender events, which will attract a wide range of visitors to watch these performances in the setting of Bull Ring Markets.
“It’s also a great opportunity for people to visit the Indoor, Rag and Open Markets to see the ‘theatre’ our stall holders create for shoppers on a daily basis.”
While the Bull Ring Markets will be closed as usual on Sunday (27 September), the entertainment will continue with the Urban Astronaut at 11.30am on Edgbaston Street and another performance of the Waiter’s Revenge at Café Neo in the Rag Market, at 1.40pm.
Birmingham Weekender is a weekend of free, family-friendly, outdoor performances, art and activities taking place across the city centre from 25 – 27 September 2015, produced by Birmingham Hippodrome on behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership.
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