Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Kind hearts and coronets
The King and Queen of Hearts - larger-than-life storybook characters from 'Alice in Wonderland', bringing a bit of fun and goodwill to the Saltaire Festival. There were a number of different characters wandering around, chatting to the children, posing for photos and indulging in a bit of impromptu theatre. The next day these same two actors were striding around in tweeds as 'Lord and Lady Fetlock' (very clever to be be playing someone inebriated, on stilts!) They are members of Shipley's Q20 Theatre Group, a local entertainment company run by John and Jacqui Lambert that seems to be going from strength to strength, with a huge repertoire of characters, including Pirates of the Caribbean and of course Harry Potter. They provide entertainment all over the country at festivals, parties, corporate events and anywhere a little 'something different' is needed.
I'm always impressed by stilt-walkers. (I can't even balance standing on a chair!) I was amused to note that The Queen had tiny pink wellington boots on her stilts.