New shows for GDIF 2018

We’re thrilled to announce five brand new shows that will have their London première at GDIF this summer. These new outdoor productions have been commissioned by the Without Walls network. See what’s in store below. Full details of these performances, including locations and times, will be announced along with the full Festival programme on March 26.


Bicycle Boy

Helen Eastman Production

This bicycle-powered musical is for children aged 6 – 10 and their families. Sam and Mike loved their bikes as youngsters and pretended to be superheroes. Now grown-up, they’re clearing out their granddad’s old bike workshop and sharing childhood dreams with laughs, songs, and percussion played on spare bike parts. A celebration of pedal power.

Originally developed at Oxford Playhouse Plays Out. Co-commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival and Hat Fair.


Belly of the Whale

Ockham’s Razor

Circus meets sculpture in the first outdoor show created by critically acclaimed company Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre Award for Circus at Edinburgh Festival in 2016. The performers ride a giant semi-circular see-saw of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a rocking cradle, or a tunnel to a slide.

Commissioned by Without Walls, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Circulate and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.


The Playground of Illusions

Travelling Light Circus

Inspired by steampunk and using vintage industrial machines to make quirky gadgets with levers to pull, buttons to push and pedals to press. These giant games each contain a visual or sound illusion – an unforgettable and fascinating experience for all ages which will ignite your imagination.

Co-commissioned by Without Walls, Just So Festival, Brighton Festival and Applause Outdoors.


Dedicated to…

Candoco Dance Company

This new duet, choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, reveals the extraordinary bonds we make throughout our lives.  A touching portrayal of female strength, support and friendship and how people come in and out of our lives and evolve and can shape us.

Co-commissioned by Birmingham International Dance Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls.



Max Calaf Sevé

Combining highly skilled trampoline acrobatics and live brass, electronic and percussion music; a creation for all ages. Expect light-hearted, breath-taking, air-twists and funky tunes with a good dose of humour.

Co-commissioned by Without Walls, Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Hat Fair.

Published on February 19th 2018

Categories: GDIF 2018, Programme

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