A multi-sensory spectacle of poetry, music, fire and pyrotechnics to light up the River Thames

River Stories by Walk the Plank, part of the Reading-on-Thames Festival

swan with pyro large webOn Saturday 16 September, award-winning outdoor arts company, Walk the Plank, will be presenting a special theatrical event on the Thames which promises to be a highlight of the first ever Reading-on-Thames Festival.

River Stories will be performed to a large audience watching from the banks of the Thames at Caversham Court Gardens.  The spectacle will take its inspiration from the folklore, traditions and ecology of the magnificent River Thames as it winds its way through Reading. Working with artists and the people of Reading, River Stories will be a multi-sensory spectacle to delight people of all ages with poetry, music, lights, fire and pyrotechnics. It’s a unique chance to experience the river in a way you hadn’t imagined before.

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations, creating unique outdoor shows across the UK and all over the world. In 2017, they have already staged the opening ceremony to celebrate Pafos as 2017 European Capital of Culture. They also produce the annual Manchester Day Parade and in 2015 won Best Outdoor Event at the prestigious Event Awards for their weekend of events, including a floating Loch Ness Monster on the River Foyle, as part of the Derry-Londonderry UK Capital Culture celebrations.

John Wassell, Walk the Plank Creative Producer, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this exciting new festival to create a magical spectacle on the river.  25 years ago we set up the UK’s first touring theatre ship so it’s poignant in our 25th anniversary that we get to work on one of the most famous rivers in the world for the people of Reading.”

The inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival takes place between 9 and 17 September 2017 with support from Arts Council England and Reading’s newest office building, R+.  This new arts and cultural festival for Reading was born out of the ideas, enthusiasm and momentum from Reading’s Year of Culture in 2016. It aims to put Reading’s waterways back at the heart of the town as the backdrop and inspiration for an inspiring eight-day arts programme from national and local cultural groups.

River Stories will take place on 16 September at 19:45 (doors 18:00) in Caversham Court Gardens. Tickets are available from www.readingarts.com or 0118 960 6060. A family ticket is £15 (adult £8, child £5).

Reading Buses are operating a shuttle bus service from the north side of Reading Station to and from the event, starting at 17:45.

More information about the event and the Reading-on-Thames Festival at www.readingonthamesfestival.org