Summer in the City draws to a close

Summer in the City, St Albans

Summer in the City, St Albans - Credit: Archant

THE Summer in the City programme of street entertainment comes to a close this weekend with a grand finale.

A programme of top class artists will bring a buzz to the city centre with a final burst of activity on Saturday and Sunday including comedy, art and dance from 11am to 3pm.

On Saturday, market shoppers will encounter two chatty fishmongers with a very strange tray of seafood including dancing prawns, a lively octopus and a worrying seafood smoothie!

Meanwhile Gliding Gladys will be guiding her motorised armchair among the stalls chatting to the public and sharing her taste in rather loud music. Anyone wanting something more peaceful can visit The Bog Standard Gallery in Christopher Place, believed to be the smallest art gallery in the world. This one metre square space shows images from artist Melanie Boda’s collection of 2,000 toilet signs from across the world.

On Sunday, Hertfordshire-based C12 Dance Theatre will thrill the audience with Trolleys, a highly physical, humorous and award-winning outdoor performance. High-octane acrobatics, contemporary and street dance come together with shopping trolleys to thrill and move the audience. You’ll never go shopping in the same way again.

Children and their families will love Little Red Riding Hood and Friends, a quirky take on the traditional story. This version includes Cinderella and Jack’s Baked Beans as well as wigs, hats, a sign-post, a frog, a small forest, and lots of participation. Afterwards all the family can let off some steam with our junk percussion musicians.

Savoy Hop will be back for a second week to show off their skills in swing, Lindy Hop and a range of other dance styles.

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Audiences will gather like bees round a honeypot when they see the big, beautiful, fuchsia stilt walkers showing off their vibrant colours and big personalities. But be sure not to stand still for too long or you may get dusted by the Janitor! He is there to help and answer the audience’s questions, but he hates dirt and litter.

The street entertainment is organised by St Albans Arts, Sport and Health Development, part of the district council’s contractors Leisure Connection.

For the full programme of entertainment please see