Performers from the National Theatre are leaving their home on the South Bank to go on a summer tour around the streets of Lambeth.
The National’s annual “Watch This Space” festival will this year move from its regular base outside the theatre, to a temporary home at St John’s Church on Waterloo Roundabout.
But the cast of actors, dancers, acrobats and other performers will also spend July and August travelling around Lambeth and Southwark, appearing in scheduled routines and “pop-up shows” at venues including Brixton Market and Brockwell Park.
The National has pledged that the programme at St John’s will include “lively lunchtime music on the lawn, quick evening shows before the commute home and days of fun for families”. Highlights include DJ hairdressing with Sienta La Cabeza, Bash Street Theatre’s The Strongman, and appearances by “the sword-swallowing sensation Miss Behave, manic violin virtuoso Sid Bowfin, the balletic Abi Collins and the cabbage-catching Mike Wood”.
Watch This Space will also visit local festivals including Waterloo Festival Fête, the Streatham Festival and the Lambeth Country Show, where acts will include the War Horse puppet Joey, and “Micro-Shakespeare”.
Lambeth Council Leader, Cllr Lib Peck, said: “It is fantastic that the National Theatre will be bringing this exciting programme of free events and entertainment out to the public this summer.
“The National is one of Lambeth’s proudest attractions, and a central part of an internationally-renowned arts and leisure complex on the South Bank.
“The National has always been supportive of its local community, and Watch This Space is an example of the theatre’s commitment to bringing the arts to everyone.”
The main festival hub is at St Johns Church, Waterloo Road SE1 8TY
For full details of performances across Lambeth and Southwark visit the Watch This Space website http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/wts