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Extraordinary Bodies Alongside Extraordinary Vehicles

The massively popular Fleetwood Festival of Transport aka Tram Sunday takes place this year on Sunday 19 July and, for the second year running, sees LeftCoast and Wyre Council joining forces to produce the accompanying SpareParts Arts Festival.

Last year saw dancing diggers on the beach at Fleetwood but headlining SpareParts this year is professional circus company Extraordinary Bodies.  Based in the UK, Extraordinary Bodies believe that circus is for every body; they are made up of performers of every age and every type of body.

They will be presenting their new show Weighting which sees seven disabled and non-disabled performers challenge gravity on a large-scale staircase which flies through the air while the cast tell the story of a family who are making new discoveries about themselves. The show celebrates risk-taking, transformation and the right time to let go.

Billy Alwen, artistic director of Extraordinary Bodies, said:
“We can’t wait to bring Weighting to Fleetwood Festival of Transport and show people just what is possible in performance no matter what body you have…we hope the show will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

The cast will be accompanied by a live band and backed by a community choir. LeftCoast and Extraordinary Bodies are on the hunt for people to be part of the choir and to perform the final number in the show.

They hope that disabled and non-disabled people will come together to form the choir and encourage members of the local deaf community to take part as BSL support will be provided where needed. Community members who would like to take part in the choir should contact Sophie Fuce by calling 01253 477973 or emailing [email protected].

Tram Sunday is an enormously popular one-day event which attracts 60,000 visitors to Fleetwood each year. It features classic cars, motorbikes, large commercial vehicles and historic trams. There are parades and stalls and lots to get involved with and the SpareParts Arts Festival aims to complement that programme with a mix of extraordinary free arts activities.

Weighting will take place on the evening of Saturday 18 July and twice on Sunday 19 July outside Marine Hall, Fleetwood. More information about the full SpareParts programme will be released over the coming weeks. Subscribe online at www.leftcoast.org.uk to receive the latest information by email.

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    Melanie Whitehead is the Creative Director of The Old Electric, Blackpool's newest theatre. She previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

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