In pictures: Italian Gardens welcomes thrilling weekend of wonders

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 05 October 2017

Performers outside The Imperial. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

Performers outside The Imperial. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

PAUL BLAKEMORE

Weston’s newly-refurbished Italian Gardens played host to a range of theatrical-based entertainment with circus performers, street artists and workshops all arriving in the town for the first time.

The crowds in Weston enjoying the entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore. The crowds in Weston enjoying the entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

On Saturday, internationally-renowned Dutch company Cirque du Platzak showcased some of its incredible acrobatics – and it was a show to remember.

Cirque du Platzak blends traditional and contemporary circus techniques and the ‘darkly-comic’ circus also played eastern European folk music live for Weston to enjoy.

As well as this one-time show, the town was also thrilled by Dizzy O Dare’s giant balloon show. His balloon sculptures, high energy comedy and grand finale of a giant balloon trick meant there was something for crowd members of all ages to enjoy.

The event was organised by Theatre Orchard, thanks to funding from Coasters. Coasters aims to encourage more people to visit seaside towns and participate in shared cultural experience, such as live entertainment.

Some of the acts performed scary but exciting tricks. Picture: Paul Blakemore Some of the acts performed scary but exciting tricks. Picture: Paul Blakemore

MORE: Read all about Theatre Orchard’s latest production at The Tropicana.

Fiona Matthews is the director of Theatre Orchard, which is co-ordinating an array of shows at The Tropicana, and told the Mercury the day was a huge success.

She added: “It was great and even though the weather forecast was bad, it actually was good and it seemed to get a really positive reaction. I would love for it to be an annual event and that is what the aim is.

“It is really nice to get a different kind of audience to see these performances.”

Thrilling performances happened throughout the weekend. Picture: Paul Blakemore. Thrilling performances happened throughout the weekend. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

As well as the excitement of Saturday, there was also a chance to get involved at the Tropicana.

A tightwire tutorial took place and Strong Lady Productions presented a workshop which combined body weight exercises, yoga and mental strength, which can be used before and after performing.

Ms Matthews added: “The workshops were well-attended and the whole aim behind this is to offer something different in Weston and North Somerset.

“The partnership with Coasters brings an opportunity to carve out a unique cultural identity for North Somerset that builds upon the strength of its seaside heritage.

There was a lot of live music throughout Saturday. Picture: Paul Blakemore. There was a lot of live music throughout Saturday. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

“We are really pleased and hope to get the word out there more with events in Weston and the rest of the district.”

The crowds enjoying the entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore. The crowds enjoying the entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

The circus acts thrilled. Picture: Paul Blakemore. The circus acts thrilled. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

Some of the thrilling entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore. Some of the thrilling entertainment. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

People getting involved in the acts. Picture: Paul Blakemore. People getting involved in the acts. Picture: Paul Blakemore.

Tightwire lessons took place. Tightwire lessons took place.

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