GDIF2013: Seriously Spectacular Theatre, 21-29 June, FREE
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GDIF2013 - Seriously Spectacular Theatre
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The Great Greenwich Whale. Image by Stu Mayhew
The Great Greenwich Whale by Captain Boomer. Image by Stu Mayhew

Today, on the eve of GDIF2013 something amazing happened! A 17m sperm whale beached close to Cutty Sark Gardens!!
This super-real, art installation is the work of the Belgian arts collective Captain Boomer, created in collaboration with Zephyr Wildlife Reconstruction. The sculpture will now move to the Old Royal Naval College from tomorrow, Friday 21 June where GDIF audiences will be able to see it as part of our Greenwich Fair programme.
Today’s beaching is a reminder that the sea is always a presence in Greenwich.  The event will be chronicled by GDIF writer in residence Lemn Sissay. Lemn was the official poet of the 2012 Olympics and in 2010 received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He has been working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Libraries to create a “backstory” to the beaching and the installation, drawing on Greenwich’s rich literary and historic association with the sea and will perform this at 5.55pm on Saturday 22 June and at 6pm on Sunday 23 June at the Old Royal Naval College, in celebration of the “Great Greenwich Whale”. 

Get ready - it's all kicking off tomorrow!

Spectacular Friday!

So for this Friday evening we’ve designed you an itinerary to not miss out on any of the great shows!

Celebrate with the POD dancers (volunteer cast members of last year’s 2012 Olympic Ceremonies) at 5.45pm at Cutty Sark Gardens, then marvel at the Great Greenwich Whale in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, before grabbing a bite to eat in one of Greenwich’s many delicious eateries? Then at 7.30pm set off through the Greenwich foot tunnel to Island Gardens for Graeae’s latest aerial and sway pole production The Limbless Knight at 7.45pm.

That still gives you enough time to get back for Bad Taste Company’s new production of Faust at 9pm in Cutty Sark Gardens. Then you can round things off with Wired Aerial Theatre’s spectacular As the World Tipped at 10pm at the National Maritime Museum!

5.45pm, The Pod Dancers, Cutty Sark Gardens
6.00pm, The Great Greenwich Whale, Old Royal Naval College
6.30pm, Why not Enjoy a bite to eat in one of Greenwich’s many restaurants, cafes and bars?
7.45pm, The Limbless Knight, Island Gardens
9.00pm, Faust, Cutty Sark Gardens
10pm, As the World Tipped, National Maritime Museum

The Limbless Night by Graeae
The Limbless Knight by Graeae. Image by Alison Baskerville

Faust by Bad Taste Company. Image by Dan Prince
Faust by Bad Taste Company. Image by Dan Prince

As The World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre. Image by Prudence Upton
As The World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre. Image by Prudence Upton

"London's most spectacular programme of free open-air performance”

Visit for our Greenwich & Island Fair Schedule and our BSL & subtitled Festival video introduction!

POD DancersThe POD Dancers at rehearsals.  
Fri 21 June, 5.45pm, FREE
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich , SE10
60 members of the POD Dancers will gather next to the Cutty Sark and wow bystanders with an exuberant celebration of the 40th anniversary of the UK membership of the European Union.
Nathan Wright and Claira Vaughan to a remixed version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” this surprise birthday celebration kicks off a weekend of European style outdoor arts.

GDIF2013: 21-29 June |

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Greenwich+Docklands is supported by Arts Council EnglandGreenwich+Docklands is supported by Tower HamletsGreenwich+Docklands is supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich / The Greenwich Festivals
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