Posted on 07/06/2012
Patchwork Puddle perform The Lonely People at the Play! festival
Windsor was the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday as The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture opened its doors for the debut Play! festival.
More than 500 arts, drama and film lovers attended the debut micro-festival, soaking up a day of original theatrical productions, interactive live installations, music and dance.
The festival – billed as a celebration of the arts – provided an opportunity for staff and students from Royal Holloway, University of London to showcase their original works to the wider community.
There Is A War, a miniature epic written and directed by students from The Student Workshop, generated raucous laughter as it explored the mad savagery of war with biting black comedy. Young and old indulged their creativity during the Drawing Drama workshop, creating their own glittering and colourful costume designs and the Signum Jazz Quartet rounded off the day with their energetic and eclectic jazz numbers.
Lucy Carter stumbled upon the event during a bank holiday shopping trip to Windsor. She said: “I just happened to be walking past and saw the drawing session and so we popped in to see what was happening. We have seen a few of the productions and they’re fantastic. The performances are really professional.”
Nicola Edgington, a first-time visitor to The Firestation, was impressed by the variety of events on offer. “Play! was a great chance to experience many different performances all under one roof and all completely free. It was a really varied and interesting day out. I watched many acts that perhaps I wouldn’t have otherwise have thought to see. The Firestation is a great venue and I'll happily return to hopefully go to a similar event soon.”
Lydia Daniels, Arts Development Manager at Royal Holloway and co-organiser of Play!, said: “We are delighted that so many people attended the first Play! festival. There was a fantastic buzz on the day and we hope that this is the first of what will become an annual festival of the arts for Royal Holloway.”