Artastic is a street spectacle company based in Kildare that created a pageant for Saint Patrick’s parade 2013. 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.
Pageant title; Raggie Maggie
Artastic’s cast of 120 performers create a colourful spectacle that tells the story of some old Toys who were concerned that children were drifting towards playing with electronic games too much. And more frighteningly, the old toys were concerned that Children may start to lose their great imaginations, if the stopped playing with their old toys. In response, the toys decide to have a great gathering of toys to enter St Patricks Festival parade. But to really capture the imagination of children not only in Ireland but all round the world they decided to make the world’s largest Rag Doll. The Toys decide to almost double the world Guinness record and make the ginormous Raggie Maggie 7.7 metres tall. (That’s about the height of two Double Decker bus on top of each other) So watch of for the many toys such as Barbies, Lego men, robots, rag dolls. emu puppets, trolls, toy soldiers and teddies, as they parade Maggie Raggie through the streets of Dublin, with the joy of knowing that, Great things happen when we come together. Click here to learn more
- Saint Patrick's parade
- Street spectacle
- Street Theatre