Birmingham put on a free performance of The Voyage in the city centre over 4 nights this weekend. It was rained off on Thursday- but we managed to watch a slightly 'damp' performance on Saturday evening. It was advertised as being part of the UK's 12 week Olympic celebrations. The torch comes to Brum next weekend. We were given stickers 'I'm part of the Cultural Olympiad' as we arrived.
It was light rain- and the tight rope walker was testing the feel of the 'rope' for a while before he walked across. I was absolutely fascinated watching him before the show. There is no way I could even climb the 'tower' - let alone try to walk across a wire that high in the air!!!!!! They had a mock up of a ship infront of the Town Hall. A band made it way over to the ship THROUGH the crowd- then a parade of dancers and acrobats carried cases on the shoulders of other performers through the audience again. The lighting was absolutely amazing- different effects transformed the mock up into a 'real' boat. They went through a storm and it went under water- then these ghostly figures came through the crowd in a clear 'zorbing' ball!!!!!!!! We were one person back from this- so very close.
There were dancers and acrobats playing the passengers and crew- and carrying the suitcases at the finale.
They all lit torches for the last scene and it was really effective. It was a real pleasure to be able to experience and participate in an extremely professional show that was put on entirely free. It was nice to be part of a crowd enjoying something together. Even the parking was free (this time- got a parking ticket last Sunday!).
I can't wait to go and see the torch come through Birmingham. It's actually stopping overnight here- so there will be a beacon for the flame.
So this was a bit of pleasure this weekend!!!!!