Southside Wandsworth Shoppers Catch A Hen Thief

Usually when we see shopping centers taking part in arts and theater festivals, its from a promotional standpoint. But this is the second time in recent weeks we’ve heard about a shopping center becoming part of a theatrical event.

This time it’s Southside Wandsworth Shopping Centre. For most of May, it’s taking part in the Wandsworth Art Festival. Market Steps is one act that will transform much of the shopping center for the duration. It’s a great mystery that takes place in the shopping center, which has been reimagined as a classic outdoor market with livestock and fresh flowers. A hen has been stolen, and the theft has interrupted the joyful market day. Shoppers can follow vinyl footsteps and handprints that lead them through the shopping center and through the mystery. As they follow the steps, they are given instructions on acting out the story, which will lead them to solving the crime. Kids participating can also pick up I-Spy sheets that will turn the performance into a scavenger hunt. The play is for all ages, but the hope is that kids will take part and have a fun time while their parents shop.

The shopping center will also host an evolving art space over the three weeks of the festival, which will invite shoppers in to collaborate with the artists in creating an interactive, site-specific exhibit. And for a less interactive (but still engaging) experience, shoppers with young children will take in an act that combines tightwire performance with puppetry.

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