As the Sun Goes Down

A promenade performance for family audiences created for Chorlton Park, Manchester in association with Chorlton Arts Festival.

The Sun God’s greatest treasure has been stolen.

He and his servant must come down to the earth to capture the thief. Representatives from the land, the sea and the sky have been called down to witness the event, but all is not as it seems.

Devious Witches prowl the land, a silent Storyteller watches on, and The Stranger slinks through the shadows.

A new world is waking as the sun goes down.

'Created an original and engaging story world, while keeping audience members of all ages engaged and entertained. Artistically strong, with excellent performances all round.'

Sean Gregory – Theatre Development Coordinator at Creative Industries Trafford and Waterside Arts Centre

'The performances brought the park to life, and were a huge success.'

Cllr. Ian Hyde – Manchester City Council

Audience feedback:

'I felt like I was in a magical world, and I really cared about the characters!'

'The ambitious scale of the production was executed with skill and precision, making the detailed characters and their varied settings a pleasure to behold.'

'I was glad the Sun God was happy at the end, and the blue man gave me a flower.'

Written by Elliot Hughes
Directed by Anoushka Bonwick

Sun God: Joe Brownbridge
Sun Servant: Victoria Tunnah
Hagstagger: Helen Batchelor
Croneslump: Sal Maguire
Whistle: Laura Martin
Sun God’s Daughter: Ella Sherr
The Blind Thief: Cael O’Sullivan
Storyteller: Joe Wright
The Stranger: Stuart Rees & Maia Terra

Music by The Kraken Celidh Band
Make-up by Anna Fraser-Allen
Photography by David Jennings

Thanks to Manchester City Council, Friends of Chorlton Park, Envirolution, & Contact Theatre.

Performed to a sell-out audience in May 2013 as part of Chorlton Arts Festival.