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The Bell will be performed at an outdoor venue in Hanley

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The Bell.

The Bell.

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Thousands are set to pack a Stoke-on-Trent park this summer to witness a spectacular outdoor theatre experience.

An audience of up to 3,500 each night is forecast for The Bell by Periplum which combines mesmerising theatre with fire and pyrotechnics. It will be staged on Friday August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at Central Forest Park in Hanley.

Appetite, the Creative People and Places programme taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 2013 to 2016, is funded by Arts Council England and led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. It is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Karl Greenwood, Appetite Project Director, said: "The Bell is a feast for the senses, telling the story of two feuding clans in the middle of a breath-taking burning battlefield.

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"The show is a 360-degree spectacle featuring pyrotechnics, flares, giant warlords, and an exhilarating live musical score.

"Securing The Bell is a real coup for Stoke-on-Trent and provides a fantastic opportunity for local people to see world class outdoor events on their doorstep."

Appetite is now in the second year of a three year programme. Large scale outdoor performances such as The Bell are designed to bring people together to share memorable moments with their friends and family.

Karl added: "We aim to create unique and wonderful experiences so people get a real hunger to get involved and see more art across the city.

"We have been working with community groups throughout the city to develop this year's programme. By putting people at the heart of our programme we will equip and enable people to continue to produce their own art projects. This will lead to more people in more places experiencing these types of events in many years to come."

Appetite's summer 2014 programme serves up an eclectic menu of art forms in a range of places across the city.Details: www.appetitestoke.co.uk.

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