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Jabberwocky Market theatre festival hailed a huge success
4:58pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
A FOUR day theatre festival that aimed to bring high-calibre performance art to the North-East has proved to be a success with the public, with plans already in place to return next year.
The Jabberwocky Market theatre festival took over a number of venues in Darlington and providing local people with a mix of performance artists, art installations and poets that they might not otherwise see.
Festival producer Caroline Pearce said the festival had drawn a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds to the town, with many already putting forward ideas for next year’s event.
The Jabberwocky Market was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous poem and staged by the internationally acclaimed Battersea Arts Centre (BAC).
Ms Pearce said initial funding was in place to bring Jabberwocky Market back to Darlington twice next year.
She added: “So many people have been coming up to me and talking about events. They’ve got lots of ideas, which actually, for me, shows it has been a success because it means we’ve engaged with them.
“It feels like I’m starting to collect a team of people behind me so that next time it will be even more successful. It feels like we’ve engaged with an awful lot of different types of people.”
Shelly Hastings, from BAC, said it was important to bring performance art to places outside of London and major cities.
She added: “It has been really impressive and it was nice this afternoon to drink coffee, chat to people and enjoy an amazing poetry reading. Festivals like this make art and theatre less intimidating.
“Some people don’t want to go into a theatre or an arts centre but if they can wander into a café and sit down then that means they can be a part of it.”
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