While it would be impossible to take in all of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s bumper programme of events for Hallowe’en 2017, you certainly won’t miss the In Your Space Circus parade performance this year.
The Derry based street performance experts have this week been putting the finishing touches to their presentation that will feature fire performers, stilt walkers and giant flag wavers among a 50 strong troop.
Hallowe’en night represents the climax of the year for the many local children In Your Space Circus have coached in circus and performing skills through their workshops and the company’s Business Development Officer, Rachel Melaugh, admits they are blessed to have a word class event to showcase their skills to.
“It’s incredible to have an event of this magnitude here on our doorstep and it’s a great platform for the young people in our group to showcase their talents in front of tens of thousands of people,” she said.
“The kids have been working on their performing skills all through the year and this will be a great opportunity for them to showcase those skills.
“Our classes take them through all their skills based stuff and we give them some performance training so that they have the confidence to perform in front of a large crowd.”
Based in Waterloo Place, In Your Space Circus is a circus and street theatre company and charity working in circus skills, workshops and performance.
Throughout the year they host in-house circus school classes as well as a thriving outreach programme where they bring circus training to the local community. They also work in street theatre and circus performance throughout Northern Ireland.
The performers are all making their own costumes to fit in with the post-apocalyptic theme of their display and have been putting the finishing touches to the outfits this week at the group’s city centre base.
“The theme of our performance is ‘Omenium’- a post-apocalyptic scenario similar to Mad Max or Blade Runner,” Rachel explained.
“All our performers’ costumes will be made by themselves, the adults began making their costumes last week and the kids have been using the materials at In Your Space Circus to make their own bespoke outfits at workshops.
“We want our section to be a performative, theatrical event and we hope it will be visually impressive with fire performers, stilt walkers, roller bladers and even a post-apocalyptic jeep!
“We are delighted that Council have put their faith in us as local home grown talent to perform in a world class event of international significance and we want to repay that faith with a high level performance.”
The In Your Space Circus Carnival performance is one of a number of events that the performance company are involved in in this year’s programme.
From Sunday 29th until Tuesday 31st October they will perform their interactive show "A Boy, A Witch and A Werewolf: battle to save the moon" where the Museum of the Moon artwork in the Main Hall in the Guildhall will be the centre piece of their performance.
The show features a battle between different characters to save the moon before The Prince of Darkness arrives to take it away and end the world!
The performance lasts 35 minutes and will take place daily at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with tickets priced at £2.50 available from the Guildhall.
Also in the Guildhall In Your Space Circus's Winifred the Witch will host her Weird and Wonderful Tales in the Whittaker Suite from Saturday 28th until Tuesday 31st October at 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 3.10pm and 4pm with admission priced at £1.50.
From the 28th – 30th October the windows of the In Your Space Circus offices in Waterloo Street will come alive as their Wicked Windows performance will feature a host of Halloween characters. This will appear as a spooky alternative to their successful windows at Austins over Christmas 2016.
The highly skilled In Your Space Circus fire performers will also form part of the Awakening the Walls Performance on the city walls from Saturday 28th to Monday October 30th.
Halloween in Derry is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism NI Events Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
For more information and the full programme of events for this year’s Hallowe’en festival go to – www.derryhalloween.com.