Yesterday, we found ourselves in Doncaster where unknown to us there were much festivities taking place including a food and a folk festival. Unfortunately time was limited but we did happen to be in the right place at the right time to witness something genuinely unusual and amusing. I spotted three bellhops pushing a large elevator lift prop on wheels, set up and unleashed a piece of street performance of the like I’ve never seen before. Sadly there was a train to catch so we could only see the first 25 minutes of this show, but it was remarkable how they managed to engage and amuse an ever growing curious audience.
When we got home, some research had to be done to find out more and discovered that a street theatre company calling themselves WET PICNIC were responsible, treating us to a performance of a piece called “The Lift” which in their own words is described as “a theatrical experience that envelops its audience, welcoming them into a world of captured moments, giving them a surreal experience that they won’t forget. An elegant elevator (on wheels) arrives accompanied by three bellhops. The audience are invited to step inside and choose a moment by selecting one of nine different ‘floor’ buttons. Each button triggers a particular scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in. The Lift operates on two different levels, firstly as an interactive performance experience for 1-3 people at a time, inside the elevator and secondly as a roaming show interspersed with show-stopping vignettes around the elevator.”
It was certainly great fun, a moment to remember. However, catching “The Lift” isn’t easy as it can pop up almost anywhere in the UK at any time. Still, make a mental note of Wet Picnic as they also perform a few other interesting sounding pieces of street entertainment which if “The Lift” is anything to go by, will be well worth your time.