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By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Wondrous Stories opens Birmingham 2022 Festival in Centenary Square
The ever-evolving space around central Birmingham’s Centenary Square provides the backdrop for Birmingham 2022 Festival’s opening event, Wondrous Stories which is FREE to see until 20th March.
Created by Motionhouse and Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces this outdoor spectacle lasts around 50 minutes and features hundreds of performers with a wide range of abilities and skills.
A giant book emerges from the balcony of The Library of Birmingham, Shakespeare’s words are projected onto a giant screen and echo loudly throughout the civic square, The Choir with No Name accompany this piece at different points in the proceedings.
This work uses every corner of Centenary Square as it boldly announces the festival has begun. From the loud voices echoing through the square, you could be forgiven for thinking these powerful words are swearing such is the level of ferocity they are spoken with, booming out across the space.
Things to look out for:
People dressed as birds flying into the square, handmaid’s tale inspired costumes, book shaped hats which are lit from within, giant sticks of light being carried through the space AND a giant ball emerging from the ground.
Yesterday’s launch was attended by thousands of spectators too, and there was a festival level of excitement in the air, I can’t wait to see how the rest of the festival is received by the audience.
This is a fun, huge welcome on an epic scale and the six months of rehearsals from each group show in the finished product. I loved every second of this brilliantly enthusiastic production. Hugely enjoyable, Wondrous Stories is in Birmingham’s Centenary Square until Sunday 20th March. Find out more here: birmingham2022.com/news/2490733/wondrous-stories.