New fantastic outdoor theatre production comes to Newbury Corn Exchange Aug 10th
3rd August 2012
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With the final footsteps of Berkshire Giant, John Ever Afraid now a fading memory, the Corn Exchange is preparing to unleash Newbury town centre’s second major outdoor arts event of the summer, as the world-renowned Periplum bring their spectacular production, The Bell to town. 

As the sun sets on Friday 10 August, Newbury Market Place will once again come alive with the sound of soaring live music, lit by stunning pyrotechnics as the company who brought Arquiem to Newbury in 2010, unveil a much larger, more extravagant production, which promises to be an unmissable 360-degree sensory extravaganza.

Beginning amidst a battlefield, with an angel calling a war-ravaged clan to defend itself one last time, an international cast of fire-wielding soldiers, stilt-walking wraiths and huge mobile structures will weave through the audience as battle commences.  Exploring themes of war and peace in a spectacle of fire, light and humanity re-born, The Bell will take its expectant audience through a swathe of emotions, before climaxing with an uplifting, unforgettable finale. 

The Bell represents the latest in a programme of large-scale outdoor events managed by the Corn Exchange and funded by Greenham Common Trust and Arts Council England; following on from June’s Berkshire Giant and a number of exceptional outdoor performances including Sarruga’s Insect Procession, French art-spectacular Page Blanche as well as the annual Lantern Procession which is once again set to light up the winter sky this December.

The Bell takes  inspiration from the imagery of films by Akira Kurosawa (Ran) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev). Having premiered at the National Theatre of England, The Bell has been performed across the world, this current leg sponsored by The Mexican Foundation and Conculta.

This event is completely free for audiences to attend, starting at 9.15pm on Friday 10 August in the Market Place Newbury.

For more information about the event please contact the Corn Exchange, Newbury on 08455 218 218 or see the website at  


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