Audiences to be held Captive as Motionhouse tour comes to Warwickshire’s Country Parks

Kingsbury Water Park and Pooley Country Park will host an enthralling and gravity defying display of drama with two FREE performances on Monday 22nd July (Pooley) at 1pm and 3pm and on Thursday 25th July at 11am and 1pm (Kingsbury) when leading UK dance theatre company, Motionhouse, brings its new outdoor show Captive to these two Warwickshire Country Parks.

The show comes to Warwickshire as part of its summer tour, which is already thrilling audiences in the UK and Europe, and is a rare chance to see world-class entertainment from the creator of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony absolutely free of charge in the fabulous setting of the Country Park – why not grab a coffee whilst you watch the performances and then enjoy a picnic and some quality time afterwards!

Captive is a story of imprisonment brought to life in thrilling fashion by four dancers in a large cage, and is a breath-taking and highly energetic performance delivered at break-neck speed.  There is an interesting comparison by having the piece visit Pooley, which was previously a colliery with miners working underground in almost captive conditions.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Country Parks, said: “It is fantastic to be welcoming the world-renowned Motionhouse to our country parks this summer. It is a real coup to have the latest show designed by the creator of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony being brought to two of our wonderful settings.

“These special outdoor performances will introduce theatre to a new audience and showcase the benefits of using green spaces to host performance art. I hope many families will take the opportunity to come along for a day out and enjoy these fantastic shows.”

Captive is the latest creation from Motionhouse’s Artistic Director, Kevin Finnan, who choreographed last year’s Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in London which was enjoyed by a TV audience of over one billion people worldwide.

The show has been designed to appeal to both newcomers to dance theatre and existing fans and the show has been described by audiences who saw the recent premiere as; “Absolutely amazing, never seen anything like it before. Amazing strength and talent, I want the world to see it, even better than Spellbound” and, “Love it! So did my 7 year old boy – he was ‘Captivated’!”

Ahead of the performance in Warwickshire, Kevin Finnan said: “The audience is at the heart of everything Motionhouse does, and the company prides itself on producing shows of outstanding quality that are accessible and enjoyable for all.

“Captive is about being snatched from the street and caged, an idea that is far fetched and like something out of a film – for most of us. I am interested in trying to compress a lifetime of experience into one small box, presenting the adrenalin rush of having your entire life condensed suddenly into a small space, as a spectacle performed on the street.”

The launch of the show comes as Motionhouse celebrates its 25th anniversary, and forms part of an exciting programme of events to mark the occasion. To find out more go to www.motionhouse.co.uk or log on to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parks

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