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NWSI – Stilt Walkers & Carnival Puppets | UK

NWSI is a street theatre company based in Newcastle in the North of England. NWSI is renowned for its spectacular open air performances using stilts, giant puppets, fireworks, and helium assisted flight. NWSI has completed over 120 international tours to 36 countries.

The music mixes unusual interpretations of classics with completely original compositions in Afrobeat, Hijaz, Salsa, Ska, Reggae, Cuban and New Orleans styles.

Acts Available Include:

The Butterfly Collection:
What could be more festive, miraculous or memorable than the arrival of a giant flock of butterflies? These stilt characters are based on British butterflies, The Swallow Tail, The Oak Blue, The Adonis Blue and The Red Admiral. Their main purpose is adornment. They are fully mobile and gently interact with flora and fauna, civic flower displays, children and adults with their prehensile probosci and signal emitting antennae.

The Drumming Robots:
They are a fine team of Samba players. As well as performing in Grand Magix The Drumming Robots have performed in many parades worldwide.

Sid – The Spider:
Sid the spider is a 15 metre tall inflatable puppet operated by 11 performers using cold air and 36 cubic metres of helium. It is based on the Sydney Funnel Web spider. It is a character in Grand Magix, an NWSI large scale performance, and a walkabout or parade performance in its own right. It had its debut at the Brighton Showcase and will be appearing in Grand Magix at Terasson in France and Camden in London and many other places. Sid is the newest and most ambitious of NWSI’s giant puppets.

The Bird Show:
Les Oiseaux de Lux is a 25 minute itinerant intervention of up to 17 giant monochrome birds and their alien riders for the street, shopping centre, festival, or party.

The Ant Show:
Created in 2006 The Ant Orkezdra is a sensational one hour musical parade performance for day or night to add a really memorable event to your festival program. This new performance has been joyously received in Stockton, Kirkcaldy, Durham, Wageningen in the Netherlands and Beijing.

The Caterpillar:
The Caterpillar is a 4 metre wide x 5 metre high x 10 metre long inflatable puppet operated by ten performers using cold air. It is a character in Grand Magix, an NWSI large scale performance, and a walkabout or parade performance in its own right. It has performed in large parades at the Nice Carnival and the Edinburgh Hogmanay. It has also performed at the Lowlands and Pukkelpop festivals and many other places where it has created a huge impact as it moves through and over large crowds. It can be thematically followed by The Butterfly Collection.

Testimonials:

“Thank you so much for your help in making the 2006 London St. Patricks Day Parade such a great event – it was a wonderful success and I appreciate the time and effort you put into making it so! The caterpillar was a key centre point in the parade, wowing all the spectators and getting many comments! Look forward to working together again”.
– Basra Events

“I was completely blown away by NWSI and the impact they had on the kids, it was as if their world had changed once they saw them, because they never had conceived that creatures like that could exist.”
– Newhaven Festival of Arts and Ideas

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