The Emperor and the Tiger – Friday 1 Aug 2008

The Emperor and the Tiger: 1st August, 9pm, FREE Event in Newsham Park

A spectacular open-air performance featuring a crew and cast of more than 150 is set to grace one of Liverpool’s original Victorian Parks.

The Emperor and the Tiger is a large-scale outdoor theatre show created by internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists Walk the Plank and carnival arts organisation Kinetika. The performance at Newsham Park on 1st August will open Liverpool’s Carnival Weekend and is the opening event of the Imagine festival (1st to 10th August), which are both part of the programme for European Capital of Culture 2008.

This magical firework folk story features a magnificent mechanical tiger who graces a 100m long stage, a statuesque emperor, colourful carnival dancers, and fabulous firework effects.

The tale is inspired by a traditional Bengali folktale – the greedy emperor is demanding his taxes, and the people must pay! An original soundtrack and magical special effects animate the tale of the Emperor, and the Wise Man who persuades him to change his ways with a little help from the Tiger.

More than 50 local community dancers from Liverpool have been rehearsing with Choreographer Jeanefer Jean Charles from Kinetika to master the art of carnival dance.

Liz Pugh, Producer from Walk the Plank and Director of the show, said: “We’ve been working with local performers to give the people of Liverpool a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Capital of Culture celebrations. It’s set to be a great evening of free family entertainment.”

International dance groups from all over the world will take part in a prelude to the show. The acts can also be seen in the Liverpool International Carnival procession the following day (2nd August) along with another daytime outing of the Emperor and the Tiger.