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Another spectacular LIFT Molten festival comes to Barking

PUBLISHED: 10:54 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 13:06 11 August 2010

CIRCUS, fire, rock, dance, opera and beating drums came together as LIFT Molten opened in Barking in spectacular style. French street theatre company Transe Express kicked off the 11-day arts festival on August 21 with a performance of epic proportions.

CIRCUS, fire, rock, dance, opera and beating drums came together as LIFT Molten opened in Barking in spectacular style.

French street theatre company Transe Express kicked off the 11-day arts festival on August 21 with a performance of epic proportions.

Their display had a pied piper effect on the residents and people were drawn from every corner of town to the sound of drums, electric guitars and hauntingly beautiful opera vocals.

Down on Abbey Green the audience gazed up as five performers were hoisted up into the air on a massive crane and slowly swung out over their upturned heads.

The second day of the borough-based festival saw a host feather boas, sparkly frocks and saucy winks as the Whoopee Club transformed the LIFT venue on Abbey Green into a fabulous cabaret. The crowd were treated to a humorous mix of burlesque acts and sing-a-long East End Music Hall classics.

The Ice Harvest, a set of unique guided tours led by locals, which offered a mix of historical facts and personal stories, generated a lot of interest among residents and visitors. A few of them jumped on the maritime tour, led by a member of Barking's oldest fishing family, while others gave the Barking pubs past and present tour a go.

On Sunday 23 Arc Theatre's Trading Stories, written and performed by locals, premiered at the LIFT stage.

Based on real-life tales, the play showed audiences a little known side to the borough and ended with a lively discussion.

Also at the LIFT was Sudden Loss of Dignity, a theatrical romp by five of London's hottest new playwrights. Showcased on Tuesday 24, the piece was based on embarrassing but funny and touching true stories.

Over 50s choir with a difference, Vintage Voices, proved age is just a number, when they performed their no-holds barred set last Thursday, fusing old favourites with the latest chart toppers.

Bringing the dazzling LIFT Molten event to a close was the Global Village Fete, held on Abbey Green over the Bank Holiday weekend. This was a traditional fête - with a twist. Young and old alike enjoyed the best of rural England, including cricket and cream tea, alongside quirky performances from clowns and musicians from around the world.


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