Bringing two incredible performances to Plymouth Piazza and the West End Carnival
Barbican Theatre, Plymouth are excited to bring a number of amazing performances to unique locations across the city this summer.
Petrol Headz On Tourwill feature more than 100 artists, athletes and experts from the southwest and Plymouth modified car, parkour, street dance, DJ and skateboard scenes. They’ll collaborate to create innovative performances suitable for everyone to enjoy.
Our first Petrol Headz On Tourevent has been commissioned by Plymouth City Centre Company who have invited our teams to create a piece for performance on the City Centre Piazza, on Saturday 24 July.
Image: professional afro-beats dance artist Beryl Tebug (credit Brett Lockwood for Barbican Theatre)
Suzie West, Barbican Theatre’s ReBels Co-Lead is the show Producer and says
“Petrol Headz On The Piazza is going to bring something really exhilarating to the city centre and will definitely not be anything you’re not used to seeing on a Saturday afternoon in the city centre! There’ll be professional hip hop, Afro Beat, commercial and contemporary dancers together with amazing stunts from Plymouth Parkour, with some super cool modified cars all accompanied by epic tunes from our live DJ and MC Maddy V.”
Steve Hughes, Chief Executive Plymouth City Centre Company says
“We are delighted to support this exciting event in the city centre which we hope will attract a new audience and enliven the city centre. This looks like a show that will be packed with energy and something not to be missed.”
Performances on Saturday 24 July on the piazza take place at 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm and 6pm and last around 20 minutes. They will feature professional dancers Charlotte Eaton, Chloe Fear, Perry Johnson, and Beryl Tebug. We are also so excited to be welcoming Drew Shears and members of Groovement Project, Chris Gilchrist and Rhythm City, plus Exim Dance, our Petrol Headz ensemble, and our Petrol Headz Dance Interns Shannon Done and Christiana Fasoro. They will be joined by Plymouth Parkour, MC Maddy V and DJ Jacob Elder, performing around some epic modified cars.
Image: Ash Dixon from Prime Skatepark (credit Brett Lockwood for Barbican Theatre)
Plymouth City Centre Company have also invited Barbican Theatre to take part in and headline the West End Carnival on Saturday 28 August. During the day time events at Frankfurt Gate we’ll present some exciting live entertainment (which is still to be confirmed).
Image: Barbican Theatre’s ReBels entertain shoppers on the Piazza in December 2020 (credit Gem Ward for Barbican Theatre)
Following the day time events spectators will be led to the Piazza to experience a larger version of the first Petrol Headz On The Piazza performance in July, celebrating the unique voices and talents in Plymouth. Performances are scheduled for 4pm and 6pm and we anticipate they will last around 45 mins.
A bank holiday weekend spectacular showcasing the modified car scene and the surrounding street culture. Petrol Headz On The Piazza will be a show like no other; roaring sound systems, modified cars for skateboard tricks and parkour stunts, street dancers, DJs and MC battles and much more!
This larger scale event brings together a number of talented communities of enthusiasts, athletes and performers and holds a space for them to showcase themselves to the public. These communities include a range of ages from young children and their parents, to young athletes, our Barbican Theatre Rebels and local professionals in their field.
Image: members of Plymouth Parkour with modified cars (image credit Dom Moore for Barbican Theatre)
Suzie West says
“Each individual has a story to tell and a unique combination of training, interests and abilities. No two people are the same and the modified car scene and street culture around it is nuanced and varied, and we want to showcase that. This show is not about conformity. It’s about Plymouth, being Plymouth. We’re really excited about this show and think it’s the perfect way to conclude the West End Carnival.”
Both performances are non ticketed and are free to attend. There will be further events taking place as part of Petrol Headz On Tour at the end of August which will be announced shortly.