Fleetwood treated to Extraordinary Bodies

Fleetwood Festival of Transport is just around the corner and, for the second year running, LeftCoast is adding its very own arts flavour to proceeding with the SpareParts Arts Festival taking place on the day as a joint venture with Wyre Council.

The festival on Sunday 19 July will see Extraordinary Bodies, a professional integrated circus company, join the SpareParts line up as the headline act ? plus there will be a special preview performance on Saturday 18 July just for the people of Fleetwood.

The company is made up of performers of every age and every type of body and on the day they?ll be presenting their new show Weighting. Weighting sees seven disabled and non-disabled performers challenge gravity on a spectacular staircase which flies through the air while the cast tell the story of an extraordinary family who make new discoveries in the face of love and loss. The show celebrates risk-taking, transformation and the right time to let go.

The cast are accompanied by a live band backed by a choir made up of members of the community performing an original soundtrack. LeftCoast and Extraordinary Bodies are on the hunt for people to come together to be part of the community choir who will perform the final number in the show.

There will be particular emphasis on bringing together disabled and non-disabled people as part of the choir and on encouraging members of the local deaf community to take part and BSL support will be provided where needed.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said:

?The SpareParts performances we added to the already hugely popular festival of transport last year were a huge success and we?re keen to grow that enthusiasm in 2015. Having Extraordinary Bodies joining the line-up as our headline act is a coup for Fleetwood and it?ll be a fantastic opportunity for people to see an extraordinary show performed by extraordinary people working together in unison.?

Robert Brown, Chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, said:

?We?re delighted to be working with LeftCoast and Wyre Council on this year?s festival. Fleetwood Festival of Transport is close to the hearts of the people of Fleetwood and by broadening the programme and adding the arts strand we hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength, attracting huge numbers of visitors into our town.?

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. The incredible level of skill shown by both our disabled and non-disabled performers is second to none and we hope the show will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.?

Weighting will take place on the evening of Saturday 18 July and twice on Sunday 19 July outside Marine Hall, Fleetwood, as part of SpareParts at Fleetwood Festival of Transport.

Community members who would like to take part in the choir as part of Weighting should contact Sophie Fuce by calling 01253 477973 or emailinginfo@leftcoast.org.uk.