Birkenhead Park: The Witching Hour
Venue: Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre
Dates: 17/05/2019 - 19/05/2019
Times: 09:45 - 10:45
The Witching Hour approaches
As dusk falls over Birkenhead Park each night from 17 to 19 May 2019, visitors will step into The Witching Hour, a brand-new outdoor spectacular for Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, in partnership with Hull-based Absolutely Cultured. The show will be seen in East Park in Hull from 3 to 5 May before it enchants audiences in Birkenhead.
The Witching Hour will inspire imagination and celebrate local tales, memories and folklore, exploring stories of local wise women, magical mythical characters and childhood memories from these two places on opposite sides of the country. The Witching Hour will immerse audiences in a unique and shared experience, weaving a story between the two locations.
Building on the landmark project Land of Green Ginger, one of the highlights from Hull’s UK City of Culture programme in 2017, this large-scale, outdoor, immersive performance by renowned theatre company Periplum has invited local residents from each location to share their stories, memories and urban myths.
As audiences enter, they will be spellbound by spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the two parks. Featuring live performance, a specially commissioned soundtrack, pyrotechnics and promenading action taking place in and around the audience, The Witching Hourexplores local legend and folklore from Birkenhead Park in Wirral and East Park in Hull. Although the main story remains the same in both locations, the performances will resonate directly with the two communities through the inclusion of local tales that will be woven into the narrative.
The Witching Hour is free and no booking is required. Performances will begin at 9.45pm and last approximately one hour.
Wirral’s Borough of Culture programme is supported through funding from Arts Council England. The Witching Hour received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £100,000 to help deliver this exciting project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will capture the stories and legends passed on through generations in two areas of the country.
For further information about The Witching Hour, visit imaginewirral.com.