Without Walls street theatre: The Bewonderment Machine

We’re looking forward to four days of free entertainment in Salisbury as part of our Lift Off! Weekend from 24-27 August. There will be free theatre and circus on the streets of Salisbury from Without Walls, the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor art. Here we profile each of the companies in turn, starting with A Bird in the Hand Theatre which is bringing its installation The Bewonderment Machine to Salisbury on Sunday 26 & Monday 27 August.

The Bewonderment Machine by A Bird in the Hand Theatre

1.      Tell us about your show

It’s an artist-built cycle-powered carousel with riding space for up to 10 small children. A quirky dreamscape and magical miniature theatrical flight of the imagination. It features hand carved wooden woodland animals. TheBewondermentMachine

2.      Who will the show appeal to?

Mostly families with small children, but also those who appreciate seeing handmade artwork.

3.      Where have you performed it already?

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Brighton Festival, Hat Fair in Winchester, Stockton International Riverside Festival and The Just So Festival in Cheshire, Eastleigh Unwrapped, the Pund in Corsham, Nottingham Whee! Festival and Timber! the national forest’s woodland festival.

4.      What’s been the audience reaction to performances so far?

People really appreciate the gentle nature of the interaction, and many children ride many times, visiting all of the animals

5.      What do you hope audiences will take away from the performance at the Lift Off weekend in Salisbury?

I hope it will make them curious about the wild animals who live around us, and that parents and children start to have conversations about, and maybe some adventures among, our amazing wildlife.

6.      Anything else you want to tell us?

We were very inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ new book The Lost Words.

The Bewonderment Machine will be on The Maltings Green, Salisbury on Sunday 26 & Monday 27 August. For more information, visit our website https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/whats-on/lift-off/lift-off/.