Presented By Newtons Ladder

Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers)

Part of Greenwich Fair

Duration: 25 minutes

Type: Circus, Dance


This poetic fable, choreographed by Ballet Lorent’s Liv Lorent, evokes a story of love and sacrifice, risk and hope, as a wandering man falls in love with a mythical, bird-like woman. Drawn from ancient myths this mesmerising aerial performance is inspired by the eternal human ambition to capture, possess and tame the extraordinary.

Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers) will be performed as part of Greenwich Fair, GDIF’s two-day “festival within a festival” from 21-23 June, bringing together UK and international street arts companies to Greenwich Town Centre in a fun-filled, family-friendly extravaganza.

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“A potent and poetic aerial dance performance.”

Frank Wilson, Mouth of The Tyne Festival.


There is step-free access to the performance location in Cutty Sark Gardens. The most direct route is from the north side of Cutty Sark Gardens, near the Foot Tunnel. Or else you can access the performance level at the entrance to Cutty Sark Gardens from Greenwich Church Street (near M&S and the Gipsy Moth Pub).

Viewing area

This area will be marked with a flag or sign and will have limited seating – please ask a GDIF Volunteer if you’re not sure where to go.

Photo route

Download our accessible photo route.

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.

  • Speech free
  • Kick back and relax

Where to find it

Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers) will be performed in the Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10 9HT.

About the show

Newtons Ladder are an aerial performance and rigging company based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Formed in 2010 by Co- Directors Mona McCarthy and Colm Scott-Baird, their work has been described as ‘exhilarating, powerful and emotionally charged’. From the theatrical to corporate, Newtons Ladder provide the highest quality and expertise for both aerial performance and rigging solutions. They are particularly interested in the theatrical and storytelling potential of the aerial arts and like to connect with their audiences through emotional and spectacular performances.

Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers) is supported by Without Walls, Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund, SIRF, Just So Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Arts Council England, Dance City.

Director: Liv Lorent (MBE)
Composed: Scott Twynholm
Designer: Andrew Stephenson
Performers: Colm Scott-Baird & Mona McCarthy

Supported by

Greenwich Fair is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Arts Council England and Without Walls.

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