Don’t be tricked by the timing of this article, it may be April Fool’s Day but this is no joke. Appetite’s headline show for 2017, Water Fools, will take place entirely on water. Yes, the entire show will be performed on water!
Water Fools is an outstanding outdoor show that will be performed entirely on the lake at Central Forest Park. Performers walking on water, floating cars, bikes, and beds, almighty fireworks and astonishing original music will combine to create a dreamlike painting set against the unique backdrop of Stoke-on-Trent, and with no spoken word, the show is suitable for a wide range of people.
Since 2013 Appetite have being serving up a series of world-class performances for people to enjoy in Stoke-on-Trent and each year have brought a spectacular showcase event to the city, offering something completely different to local audiences. Over recent years Appetite’s showcase events have included the incredible contemporary circus show Bianco by NoFit State Circus, Wired Aerial Theatre’s As The World Tipped and The Bell by Periplum. Most recently The Enchanted Chandelier by French Company Transe Express came to town where musicians and performers dangled 50 metres in the sky.
This year they will endeavour to walk on water as the team behind Appetite continue to push themselves with a fresh challenge ensuring a truly unique experience for local people in Stoke-on-Trent. Gemma Thomas, Appetite Creative Producer explains, ‘This year we have the privilege of bringing the show “Water Fools” by Ilotopie to Central Forest Park. It’s a truly spectacular evening event, where the lake becomes a stage. It sounds incredible, and believe me, that’s because it is. This show is like nothing we’ve ever attempted to bring to Stoke-on-Trent before, but as always we are up for the challenge. We can’t wait to wow our audiences with this event and it will certainly be a highlight in this year’s cultural calendar.’
Dominique Noel, Artistic Director of the French company behind the show, Ilotopie says, ‘We spent time researching many water based locations in the area, so I got to know Stoke-on-Trent quite well. I even managed to get to the 6Towns Radio Awards and sampled some lovely Staffordshire Oatcakes too. We have performed Water Fools all over the world including Chicago, Moscow, Sydney, Buenos Aires and Singapore but we are so excited that we’ll be able to perform our unique show in this unique city. We have met some wonderful people in Stoke-on-Trent already so we’re very excited to share this magnificent performance with them”
Karl Greenwood, Appetite Project Director said: “Events like Water Fools coming to Stoke-on-Trent clearly demonstrates our big ambitions as a programme and as a city, showing a real belief and ability that we can deliver world-class events to a high standard and more importantly that local people really do want to see something out of the ordinary. As Stoke-on-Trent is gearing up to bid for the UK City of Culture in 2021, I strongly believe events like Water Fools cause ripples across the rest of the country and shine a big spotlight on the city to say look at what we’re doing here in Stoke-on-Trent”
Tickets go on sale today, with special Early Bird offers running through the month of April. Be aware that tickets are very limited and early booking is strongly advised to ensure you don’t miss this incredible outdoor show on water.
To find out more about Water Fools visit www.appetitestoke.co.uk/WaterFools
Standard adult tickets start from £8.95 in advance and a range of Early Bird offers, concessions and group discounts are available. Tickets can be booked online at www.appetitestoke.co.uk or by telephoning New Vic Theatre Box Office on 01782 717 962.