Presented By Compagnie l'Homme debout


Duration: c. 90 minutes

Type: Music, Theatre


This large-scale processional performance inspired by the centenary of the Representation of the People Act celebrates local and global stories of women and their continuing struggle for equality and human rights.

A giant woman puppet arrives in Woolwich, accompanied by the beautiful spirit of the Bird of Freedom. She has travelled a long way, gathering the stories of women on her journey across the world. As she explores, she learns about the dreams and struggles of some of the diverse women – past and present – who have contributed to the story of Woolwich.

This spectacular performance features giant puppets, performances by community dance groups and a celebration of the Women of Woolwich, concluding with a pyrotechnic display.


We are celebrating Woolwich women’s stories, and we want your input. We’ll be making placards that feature Women of Woolwich, which will be a part of Rise!

Who do you think should be celebrated? It can be any woman, including those who identify as women or non-binary, with a connection to Woolwich.

To make your nomination, send a photo of your nominee and tell us why she should be celebrated in 50 words or less.

Send this to by 4 June

You can also sign up to carry your placard in Rise!
We’ll be meeting at Powis Street on Thursday 21 June at 8pm to share our women’s stories and practice a run through of the procession.

L’Homme debout at Deventer op Stelten festival in 2015


This is a processional show located in the Woolwich Town Centre, starting from Royal Arsenal Riverside and ending at Woolwich Arsenal. The entire site has flat or gently sloping smooth hard standing pathways throughout, including performance areas

Assisted Route
This is a promenade performance. GDIF Volunteers will lead an assisted route. Meet at the show’s starting location near Woolwich Arsenal Pier.

Rise photo maps
Rise! – Woolwich

A large-print version of the festival brochure is available to download here or you can pick up a copy on the day.

Blue Badge Parking
There are a small number of available Blue Badge parking spots available at Royal Arsenal Riverside on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, there is Blue Badge off-road parking at Powis Street car park. There will be a drop off/ pick up point behind the Heritage Centre, off Warren Lane.

Accessible Toilets
There will be accessible toilets available at the start of the site at Royal Arsenal Riverside. Additionally, there are accessible public toilets available at Beresford Square.

What To Expect
Our What to Expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.

SS – Sensory spectacle
FF – Family friendly
MSN – Make some noise – no need to worry about a little extra noise

Where to find it

Rise! is a processional show that begins in Royal Arsenal Riverside, near the Assembly Statues, and ends in General Gordon Square in Woolwich Town Centre.

Kindly hosted by Berkeley Homes.

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