Green Man 2016
(18th – 21st August, Becon Beacons)
Unveil’s New Performing Arts Area
‘Back Of Beyond’
A new place of enchantment is beginning to stir within the magic surrounds of Green Man 2016. Hidden by the woods, behind the lively hubbub of the Walled Garden and nestled within the beautiful Fortune Falls, this freshly curated performing arts area Back of Beyond will set the scene for spectacular circus and dance, mischievous encounters and make believe moments with some of Wales’ most talented performers.
This year the area will transform into a Basecamp, inspired by Crickhowell’s most famous son: Welsh explorer Sir George Everest who gave his name to the world’s highest peak. Co-curated by our friends at Citrus Arts along with fellow dream weavers from Circomedia, Flossy & Boo, Kitsch n Sync Collective and Tin Shed Theatre, Basecamp at Back of Beyond will be an outpost of artistic expression for Green Man goers to take refuge in. Discover lost adventurers, crazy mountainous challenges, snow-capped chaos and intriguingly strange characters, all set amongst the ever-inspiring backdrop of the natural world.
At dusk each evening, Citrus Arts & Circomedia will present ‘Precipice’ – an intimate fiery spectacle of circus theatre that follows a hardy band of mountain explorers struggling to overcome the contortions of their altitude-addled minds as they attempt to make history by scaling the world’s mightiest mountain. Can you think of a better venue for this performance than Brecon’s own adventure-filled Black Mountains? Nope, we can’t either!
We’re utterly chuffed to announce that National Dance Company Wales will be premiering their first ever festival piece here at Green Man. ‘Animatorium’ sees the troupe of award-winning dancers brought to life, animated and controlled by a charming yet sinister Master character. This will be a quirky and comic performance, filled with theatricality and humour while also harbouring some delightfully dark undertones. With future outdoor performances in the works, don’t miss the chance to see NDCWales debut this important part of their new festival repertoire. And if you’re really lucky, you might spot some of their dancers in disguise getting involved in some Bowie-themed shenanigans around site!
And that’s not all! Other pop-up arts experiences around site will include surreal roving theatre from Wet Picnic, the puppeteers from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, inclusive theatre from Taking Flight Theatre, Clik Clik Collective’s Cabinet of Strange Reflections, comedy hoop routines from Sparkles Hoop Troupe, theatrical glitter makeovers and ceilidh dancing with Salon Mirela, intimate folk gigs with Folk in a Box, Burnt Toast’s mobile time-travelling post-office, crazy singalongs with Mariachi El Pinche Gringo and Shakespeare scenes from Gwent Young People’s Theatre.
About Green Man Festival: Now in its 14th year, Green Man is an award-winning independent music and arts festival held in the breathtaking surroundings of the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Confirmed to perform so far at this year’s festival are Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Lush PLUS many, many more. Green Man hosts ten wild lands overflowing with the best in music, comedy, literature, films, yoga and well-being. Plus there’s something for all the family with a huge offering for Little Folk and science discoveries a-plenty to be made with Einstein’s Garden.