Salisbury’s bank holiday City Encounters

CITY Encounters returns to the streets of Salisbury with two days of free street entertainment over the late May bank holiday, bringing a colourful and exciting range of performances by nine companies, ranging from a family drag show to puppetry for all ages and aerial choreography.

Pulse! with Joss Arnott Dance, performed entirely around a 3.5m high percussion wheel, designed by Eleanor Bull and engineered by Rolls-Royce, is a combination of rhythmical flare and heart-in-mouth choreography.

Fantabulosa with Tickertape Parade, a company of drag artists, is a pop-up world of imagination and storytelling where boundaries are forgotten and anyone can be whoever they want to be.

Les Gloriables, inspired by Les Miserables, is the latest riotously silly physical comedy show from the Anglo-French duo Spitz & Co, featuring the legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf and her hapless assistant.

George Orange is the Man On The Moon, an eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer from Chicago, whose routines include contortionism and bottle balancing, all set to music.

My House, created by Apocalyptic Circus, is an invitation to children and their families to look in through the enticing doors and windows for a circus theatre experience.

Newton’s Ladder are two aerial dancers who stage a beautiful aerial courtship in Sirin – Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.

Frock, performed by Stopgap Dance is a punkish explosion celebrating individuality and fashion in a show that makes you question what is considered acceptable appearance.

In their show Oscillate Tap Jam, Old Kent Road give an energetic street performance ahead of a full show at Salisbury Playhouse on Monday at 4.30pm.

The venues include the Market Square, Old George Mall, the arts centre, Guildhall Square, Maltings Green. City Encounters is part of this year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Pictured: Newton’s Ladder in Sirin – Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.