Breathing Spaces: a community play by Excavate

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MAR-A4-POSTER-GreenSpaces-PLAY-FINALBreathing Spaces is a community play, specially commissioned for the Green Spaces project.  It is written by Andy Barrett, Artistic Director of Excavate and will be performed by community actors and members of the Friends groups and other organisations associated with the project.  It is based on the research done by the academic project team and the community partners during the original  ‘The Social World of Nottingham’s Historic Green Spaces’ project (2013-4).

In 1845 Nottingham was changed for ever as land was enclosed and the city finally began to expand after years of overcrowding, death and disease. And as a part of this transformation the ‘green lungs’ of Nottingham were created – a series of walks and parks that remain in place today.

Come and find out more about this historical moment, and of the ways that these Nottingham parks have been used throughout the ages in a lively new promenade performance that will take you on a journey through these last remnants of Nottingham’s common land. With live music, unexpected encounters, and a host of characters from across the ages, this highly visual performance lasts around 70 minutes, is suitable for all, and is free. Simply turn up on the day.

Performance dates and venues are:

16 July 2016:  12 noon – 1.30;  Queen’s Walk Recreation Ground – the performance will be followed by some ‘Victorian Children’s Games’.

Meeting Point point: Gates on corner of Kirk White Walk, near St George’s Church

Parking: some parking on Embankment, unless there’s a cricket match on; otherwise park in town and walk or take tram

Tram stop by entrance to Park

17 July 2016:  12 noon – 1.30;  The Forest ;  

Meeting point:  Forest Lodge, Mansfield Road entrance (large, white building)

Parking:  In Park & Ride,

Buses:  many stop on Mansfield Road, check https://www.nctx.co.uk/ for service

Tram:  Park and Ride stop

17 July 2016: 4.30 – 6 pm;  Victoria Park 

Meeting point: gates near St Mary’s Rest Garden on Bath Street, opposite New College, Nottingham

Parking:  Pay and Display parking on Bath Street

Bus:  No. 39, Blue Line from Victoria Centre; Check Nottingham City Transport for details of services https://www.nctx.co.uk/

24 July 2016:  12 noon – 1.30 AND 4 – 5.30:  The Arboretum – between performances there will be some ‘Victorian Children’s Games

Meeting point: Addison Street Entrance, on grass on Arboretum side of the tunnel

Parking:  Arboretum Street (limited) and some Pay and Display street parking in surrounding road, or Forest Park and Ride – short tram journey or steep walk

Buses: lots of buses stop on Mansfield Road.  Check Nottingham City Transport for details of services https://www.nctx.co.uk/

As this is a promenade play, the action will move from place to place, across the parks.

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