STEAM rehearsals

Join the original performance-parkour company The Urban Playground Team as they bring James Bond-style gravity-defying stunts to liven up your weekend in two days of free performances at Batley and Dewsbury train stations.

The professional cast will be joined by local young people to navigate a skeletal train in scenes inspired by action movies, combining the French free-running phenomenon with dance and physical theatre.

The shows are the first stop for The Urban Playground Team’s STEAM LOCAL LINE tour, which sees the company work with communities and young people all over the country to demonstrate how dance and movement can help contribute towards wellbeing.

The company has performed all over the world and appeared on BBC’s Blue Peter and Sky1’s Got To Dance, and they’ve been sharing their experience with young people from a wide range of backgrounds from across North Kirklees who, following only 4 days of intensive workshops, will perform a scene integrated into the full show.

STEAM rehearsals

Creative Scene Producer, Vicky Holliday, says:

“We’re excited to be the first place in the country to have the Urban Playground Team work with young people to create a scene with a local flavour to be part of the show.

STEAM will wow commuters on their way home from work outside Batley train station on Friday 4 September before travelling a few minutes down the line to The West Riding’s Westival at Dewsbury train station on Saturday 5 September. There will even be the chance for people to have a go in a workshop and free play session at Westival.”

Performances at Batley Train Station on Friday 4 September take place at 5.40pm and 6.40pm and on Saturday 5 September at Dewsbury Station there will be performances at 12pm and 2.40pm, a drop-in workshop at 12.45pm and free play session at 1.10pm. All performances and activities are completely free.

Creative Scene have worked alongside Northern Rail and Westival to bring the world-renowned performance-parkour team to North Kirklees.

STEAM rehearsals

Alister O’Loughlin, Lead Coach from The Urban Playground Team, says:

“We’re really looking forward to working with young people from Kirklees on the first full outing of our LOCAL LINE project. It’s inspiring for us to work with people in this way and we know they will be creating something very special to share with audiences in Batley and Dewsbury.”

STEAM rehearsals

Photo credits: STEAM rehearsals at Batley Town Hall, Simon Marshall.