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Catalyst Evolve Programme

Red Herring, The Bureau of Silly Ideas and Bicycle Ballet (all outdoor performance companies) have formed a consortium called Carrot which is being supported by the Arts Council as part of their Catalyst: Evolve Programme. Initial funding allows us to undertake fundraising strategy, looking outside regular public funds for money and they will match funds raised. Furthermore, we will be working to share our learning – successes and challenges – with the Outdoor Arts Sector in 2018 and beyond. You can find out more about the programme here.


That’s The Way To Do It!

Created in partnership with Producers Time Wont Wait, the show is a raucous, alternative version of the notorious Victorian seaside entertainment. 

With puppets, music and knockabout choreography the infamous rebels take to the streets and ask the public for their support. Who will win the war on freedom of expression and civil rights? Will the Polite Policeman have his way?  Punch and Judy ask the public, what is harmless fun and when is it going too far?! That’s The Way To Do It! sees Punch and Judy return as a vehicle for hilarious satire in our anxious, credit crunched world.

The show toured across the UK as part of the Without Walls Programme in 2011 and in 2012 was a focus of The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations in Dover and a special scaled-up version was created in Wandsworth for the Showtime Festival for London 2012 see catchpunch.com.


Writer & Director: Paschale Straiton

Creative Producer: Sarah Sansom, Time Wont Wait

Devising Performers: Tom Adams, Alice Robinson, Philippe Spall, Simon Spencer-Hyde, Sarah Thomas-Lane & Frank Wurzinger

Music and Sound Design: Matthew Xia

Designer: Alison Neighbour

Fight Director: Kate Waters

Choreography: Lina Johansson

Masks: Nick Ash

Production Manager: Lee Jones

Stage Manager: Lindsay Stockley

Filming: Justin Jones

Photography: Pau Ros, Chuck Douglas, George Rockett

Thanks to: Bernd Fauler, Gregory Hall and Bernadette Russell


Research and Development was funded by Arts Council England in 2009 and the show was commissioned by Without Walls in 2011.




The Séance


The Séance was commissioned in 2008, by The Winchester Hat Fair and Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, supported by the Without Walls Consortium in 2009 and funded by the Arts Council of England.

Psychic medium Hazel Doe is waiting for you to step across the threshold of her mysterious reception room – a popular haunt.
When you are sitting comfortably, she will lift the veil between this world and the next and…talk to the spirits. If she’s up to it, you may even witness a rare spiritual manifestation. Beware, a ghostly finger may be pointing to you.

The Séance was a 15 minute, intimate theatre piece, set in a highly ornate and dimly lit Victorian parlour. A group of 20 entered the room, held hands in the dark and experienced a Séance at the hands of Hazel Doe – mystic to the stars and her spirit guide Colin.

This beautifully performed, eloquently structured work was definitely a highlight of City of Secrets. It brings together elements of traditional fairground, sideshow culture and contemporary performance giving them a popular appeal, which transcends the sum of its parts. Highly recommended. 

Jonathan Holloway, Norfolk and Norwich Festival 

Devisers: Lucy Bradridge, Flick Ferdinando, Bernadette Russell, Paschale Straiton, with support from John Paul Zaccarini and Brenda Waite

Set Design: Charlie Camm, with support from James Chaplin, David Bernstein and Graeme Gilmour

Sound Design: Mercedes Maresca

Creative Producers: Sarah Sansom and Ayla Suveren for Time Wont Wait