Artastic is a street spectacle company based in Kildare that created a pageant for Saint Patrick’s parade 2010. Under the artistic direction of Vijaya Bateson and Caitriona McGowan. Artastic has enhanced the cultural life of communities throughout Ireland. Their track record in conceiving new works, engaging a range of community groups is a testament to their passion for contemporary street theatre and all its artistic, educational and cultural potentialities.
“A topsy turvey world”
Follow Artastic on a journey through the extraordinary wonders of “A topsy turvey world” where nothing is quite as it seems and strangely magical characters are simply the ‘norm’. Inside this world you will meet talking cats in bowler hats, life sized dolls on their way to the ball. Liquorice shops, candy floss mops and spinning tops being chased by clocks! A giant cake would not look altogether out of place either…..
Visual concept for pageant
The visual concept is one of a colourful journey through a Childs eye that not only leaves your eyes wide open with joy, but then has you licking your lips, and stomping you feet. The Topsy Turvey World will leave you with a lasting smirk on your face for the rest of the day.
The show opens with spinning tops whirling you into frenzy. Wave hello to Tic and Toc, the talking clocks, but don’t be alarmed with what they may say to you. While candy sticks fly through the air, candyfloss dancer, show of their long hair.
Watch those cheeky chatty cats, with the funky top hats; try to steal a bite from the liquorish house. Watch the sweet liquorish dancer, twist and twirl.
And look at those large dancing dolls, looks like their dressed for a ball. But with that mischief in their eyes, you can tell someone is for a surprise.
Then the back-to-front boys, full of teenage joys bumble around the huge cake. With a spin in their eyes, were not sure if it’s from sugar, or carousel rides.
The pageant is ushered on by the large twisters, and a flock of hyper active birds, but were are not sure if their singing, or just mumbling strange words.
- Saint Patrick's parade
- Street spectacle
- Street Theatre