The Wind and The Sun

Originally created by Serious Mischief and Tell Tale Hearts

An exciting and charming two person outdoor circus theatre show, based on the original fable by Aesop, that celebrates the good old British weather…

Two Rival Siblings Battle the Elements in a Competition to Prove their Strength. This turbulent struggle of Sun ‘vs’ Wind heats up with audience participation in true street style with crowds vowing for their favourite character to out shine the other!

There is also a chance for children in the audience to get involved by creating the different weather conditions needed for the show because, as we know, you can’t always trust the British weather!

This bright and colourful spectacle integrates juggling manipulation skills and acrobatics into a simple imaginative narrative that will delight audiences from 2 to 92 years…

  • Available for festivals, street theatre and other outdoor events.
  • Suitable for ages 2 to 92.
  • The show can be performed up to a maximum of 3 shows/day and lasts approx 35 mins with an additional 5 mins pre-show: audience gatherer. The show requires a clear floor at outdoor performance area of approx 10m x 8m and can be performed on both grass and concrete, but please note it is not suited to cobbled paving.
  • The company provide their own PA system, but require 2 x domestic plug sockets to run the show. Further technical information can be provided upon request.

“The Wind and the Sun came to Southbank Centre during Summertime 2017. Ironically, we were visited by both the wind and the sun – and the odd shower! But the colourful vibrancy this show brought to the site was astounding. We had packed audiences for every performance, children and families engaged by the simple but quirky and bold set pieces, enthralled by the acrobatics and the friendship between the wind and the sun. We would highly recommend this lovely family show to brighten up your day.”

Bea Colley, The Southbank Centre

“It’s a fun and lively two hander which does well as a street show! It’s definitely one the
kids will enjoy – there’s a lot of silliness and some skillful acrobatics and clowning. The
design is very child friendly… [It] works well on soft or hard standing, rain or shine – wind or
not. In fact, weather is the subject of the show!”

Adam Bennett, DNA Puppetry & Visual Theatre UK

“Just wanted to say how much we LOVED the wind and sun this weekend. Sam (aged one!) really enjoyed his first piece of children’s theatre!”

Audience member, Lawrence Batley Theatre

“The Wind and The Sun is an innovative and engaging family show. Jake and Lucy multitasked with ease: juggling, performing acrobatics, and transforming passers-by into their audience. I would recommend them for any outdoor event! Booking was easy, my enquiries were answered promptly and they were flexible in adapting to our space.”

Laura Keating , Royal Shakespeare Company

“Thanks so much for bringing the Wind and the Sun to Larmer Tree… such a lovely show for all ages. The set and scenery were beautiful and the performance in the children’s area was quite magical, with all the little ones getting involved in the performance – thank you!”

Becca Clee, Larmer Tree Festival

“It was a great show, and our audience clearly loved it.”

Laura Keating, Royal Shakespeare Company

“The Wind and the Sun is an entertaining family show with two great, well-crafted characters, a
cracking narrative and lots of physical comedy and audience interaction.”

Lynda Winstanley , Darlington Civic Theatre

“A great show, so much so that we watched it twice!” “Children loved the acrobatics. Also enjoyed squirting water at the audience!”

Audience comments from the RSC

“It was great having something to take the children to where they could get involved, not just sit and watch. I didn’t think they would get so involved, and I didn’t think they would sit still in the cold to watch it. But they loved it.”

A Grandma and audience member, Nothfield Hall

Created by…

Director: Natasha Holmes
Gusto: Jake England Johns
Sunshine: Lucy Spielberg
Costume Designer: Lowri Allen
Design: Robinia Farnaby & Natasha Holmes in consultation with Serious Mischief Theatre Company
Photography: Gavin Joynt, Leora Bermeister
Comissioned by: Wild Rumpus & Supported by The Civic, Barnsley

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