Here’s a little look at what’s going on at the Trowbridge Midsummer Festival this June. Be sure to head down to Trowbridge Park on Saturday 10th June to enjoy everything from dance and aerial hoop, to theatre and live music! There’ll also be over sixty food and drink stalls, including 30 vegan stalls!
During the day. . .
Tit 4 Tat – Knights of Sir Kuss
Knight’s off Sir Kuss combines circus, theatre and their usual penchant for fiasco and silliness. Retired and now on permanent holiday with his 2 long-suffering squires, our Knight – dressed in plate mail, swim trunks, a giant rubber ring and chainmail socks and sandals – regale the public with their heroic and legendary adventures. These exploits are re-enacted faithfully by the grumbling and surprisingly skilled squires. Tit 4 Tat combines clowning and slapstick with storytelling, swordplay and juggling medieval weaponry to create an absurd, spectacular and interactive experience.
Tit 4 Tat unites impressive circus skills with a hilarious and accessible narrative suitable for all ages.
2.30pm – 3pm | 3.30pm – 4pm | 4.30pm – 5pm
A dynamic and ambitious local Trowbridge organisation, looking to share its love of circus with the wider community and encourage inner confidence through creative movement and play.
SASS Circus will join the festival with a troop of amazing performers. Stilt walkers, aerial hoop, hula hoopers, circus school and face painting. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the experience.
SASS Stilts, Hula and Aerial Hoop | 2pm – 4.15pm
SASS Aerial Hoop Workshop | 2.30pm – 3.30pm | 4pm – 5pm
SASS Face Painting and Circus School | 2pm – 3.30pm | 4pm – 5pm
Calf 2 Cow – The Wave
The ship, Wave Goodbye to Your Sanity, has been lost at sea for weeks, or perhaps it is years? Crewed by three buffoonish, broken, musical-playing sailors, they need your help on a journey of incredible highs and sudden lows as they battle against the stormy seas. Calf 2 Cow Productions is an award-winning production company based in Bath. Our theatre work takes place outdoors and is always striving to immerse audiences in an experience to remember.
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Tall Tree Theatre
Tall Tree Theatre create original, adventurous and heartfelt family shows, specialising in puppetry. Based in the South West, their work tours nationally to festivals, theatres and art centres as well as out into the community.
Albatross Fly By. Calling all bird spotters! Two very rare birds have found themselves inland and are keen to have a look around. Stop and say hello or watch them from afar as these magnificent creatures whoosh, soar and swoop above your head, spreading their magic and music as they go.
Grandma and the Lion. A brave explorer and her unusual pet are out on a wild walk. Lost again, they go wherever adventure takes them and this summer that’s Trowbridge. You’ll meet Timothy the friendly lion, hear Grandma’s adventurous stories and discover if she can stop him from causing too much mischief. He’s terrible on a lead!
2pm – 2.30pm | 3pm – 3.30pm | 4.15pm – 4.45pm
Jellyfish Theatre – Wagon of Dreams
Jellyfish Theatre roll up with their joyful outdoor theatre show. (“The happiest I’ve seen him all summer!” audience feedback) Come and meet the outrageous mermaids and fantastical sea creatures who live in the wonderful “Wagon of Dreams”. A playful, inventive family show, set on a retro caravan: packed with puppetry, music and laughter. Bring a blanket to sit on.
All performances are relaxed with integrated Sign Supported English.
3.45pm – 4.45pm
Amy Foskett – Burning House
Burning House is a contemporary dance piece by Amy Foskett Dance. This piece explores human nature and our planet. Looking at the climate crisis and mortality. Burning House provokes thought and interpretation through high physical contemporary dance.
Please note, Amy will be performing in the Sensory Garden, located behind the Town Hall.
2.30pm – 3pm | 4.30pm – 5pm
The Caretakers (Wise Children Band)
Wise Children theatre company is led by multi-award-winning director Emma Rice. The School for Wise Children Band is a unique training opportunity led by the Director of Music and experienced teacher, Ian Ross. Emerging musical talents, have gone through a range of training and have been invited to form a squad of musicians to play with the band. The Band will incorporate Wise Children’s playful, ensemble-rich theatricality with a mix of original Wise Children music and toe-tapping covers to deliver ‘walk about’ performances at festivals and community events in Somerset and beyond.
2pm – 2.15pm | 2.45pm – 3pm | 3.30pm – 3.45pm | 4.15pm – 4.30pm
During the evening. . .
Self-confessed professional singer Steve Robinson has been playing music since 1976. This Bath busker is renowned for his distinctive, husky tones and amazing vocal ability. “His voice is a mix between Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart.”
7.15pm – 7.45pm
Renewal Choir Bristol
Renewal Choir is a community gospel choir based in Bristol founded by Kim and Vernon Samuels in 2005. There are over 70 choir members ranging from the young to the young at heart. These members represent a multitude of church traditions and non-church backgrounds who love to engage in various civic, festival, community and social events in and around the South West.
The choir has performed at events such as the BBC National Music Day, the Leona Lewis UK Tour in Bristol and Cardiff, on BBC Points West and at the High Sheriff of Bristol’s concert in June 2019. Renewal Choir took part in a collaborative virtual production of ‘O Holy Night’ with the Welsh National Opera Community Chorus in 2020 and toured with the Welsh National Opera in 2022 Wales and England in a brand new opera – Migrations – in 2022.
6.30pm – 7pm
Rosco Shakes is a Frome-based high-energy jump blues and rock & roll band. Inspired by greats like Louis Jordon, Big Joe Turner and T Bone Walker. The band have a unique set-up, led on all fronts by a boogie-woogie piano dynamo, an exciting guitar showman, an unwavering bassist, and a raucous singer-drummer.
They’re rapidly gaining recognition as a band to look out for, having recently had airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Blues Show. They’ve been making waves on the festival circuit with three stand-out performances at Glastonbury!
8pm – 8.30pm
Get ready to turn up the heat this summer with the one and only Frankisoul. With his electrifying stage presence and smooth vocals, Frankisoul is the ultimate performer to round off the summer festival. He brings high-energy dance moves and a charismatic
stage presence that will leave you wanting more. His ability to seamlessly transition between different genres and styles of music allows him to engage with a wide range of audiences to create an experience that everyone can enjoy. So, get ready to soak up the
sun and enjoy an unforgettable experience packed with great music.
8.45pm – 9.30pm