When you browse through the programme for SIRF 2018, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this festival lasts the best part of a month, given how many amazing performances are lined for our delectation, and, yes, thrills. But the festival runs for only four days in early August and, boy, are they action packed. There are highlights galore but I’d particularly like to pick out ‘La Tortue De Gaugin’ (pictured) which has a vast easel as the basis of the show exploring the mysteries and ambiguities of art. A world premiere arrives in the shape of ‘The Glass Ceiling’, which is an ambitious new outdoor visual theatre work marking 100 years since the first British women were given the right to vote; while ‘This Is Not For You’ is an epic outdoor performance paying moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans – the piece being performed by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, professional performers and local community choirs. We’re merely scratching the surface of all the entertainment on offer this year so be sure to check their website for the full programme and then be prepared to cancel any plans you previously had for 2-5 August.
Stockton International Riverside Festival, Thursday 2-Sunday 5 August. sirf.co.uk