In the depths of winter, the Bell Square events take a break. On these cold, dark February days, my mind often wanders back to the balmy days of summer when we were out on the Square, remembering some of the shows, having chats with the audience, and working with some truly lovely artists. And it also wanders back sometimes to the little things that, just occasionally, didn’t go quite to plan…
Guixot de 8 is a Spanish company that make street games. Using recycled materials, they make original games in their workshop in Barcelona. They pack the games into a van and go wherever they are invited. They then set up the games in the street and play with anyone who wants to try their hand.
Lucy from London Unattached came to Bell Square for the first time recently – here’s her first impressions of the space, performance and the crowd:
I remember my first visit to Bell Square was to watch Carousel last year – it was close to sunset and there was a actually a circus carousel in the middle of the brick-paved square.
I witnessed a most unusual phenomenon which transformed the local environment, brought people together for something really impactful and turned a normal day into something extraordinary.
Intro When Teatr Biuro Podróży premiered their new show, Silence, in 2016, I did wonder what to expect. It was described as a sequel to their earlier show, Carmen Funebre – or Funeral Song. Carmen Funebre was a show about the impact of war on civilians as the former Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s. It was a mighty piece of theatre, uncompromising and searing in its impact. It is also known as one of the most legendary pieces of outdoor arts ever made. So, would this sequel live up to its predecessor’s reputation?
Last year we introduced the Bell Square Bloggers to help spread the word about Bell Square and this year we have extended the programme and will be working with two amazing London culture bloggers to keep a record of the brilliant events at Hounslow's favourite outdoor arts venue. We will be running our first Bell Square Bloggers in Residence this year to bring an outside perspective to you all and help you keep up to date with events you might have missed. Make sure you keep your diary up to date by visiting our What's On page so you don't miss any of the performances though.