11:30, 16:00, 18:00 BST, SATURDAY 10 & SUNDAY 11 JULY 2021
Join us at Canbury Gardens for a spectacular outdoor performance with stunning giant puppetry and a lasting story for all the family by award-winning Smoking Apples.
Part Man. Part Tree. 18 feet tall. Meet Arbor.
Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future. Encouraging the audience to plant and nurture their own trees, Arbor will give each person some seeds to take home, leaving a legacy that will last for generations. Arbor is a visually stunning show with lots of lovable puppets.
Created by award-winning puppetry and theatre company, Smoking Apples. Smoking Apples were one of Creative Youth’s first Creative Talent Programme companies, receiving artistic, business and strategic support from the charity.
Award winning Smoking Apples produce high quality theatre, that more often than not, works with difficult, hard-to-digest subject matter. Using puppetry and visual theatre, the company create innovative shows, making their subjects enjoyable and accessible for audiences. They combine puppets, live actors and an identifiable and unique style of movement.
“It was a really nice touch that they hand out saplings to children at the end, it gives them something sustainable and environmental to think about.” – Derby Telegraph
We hope you enjoy the festival and are inspired by the brilliant artists you can see here who are adapting to these challenging times with creativity and positivity. If you would like to see more of the national and international collaborations that have been demonstrated during International Youth Arts Festival 2021, please consider making a donation to the charity here. Any contribution, however big or small, is hugely appreciated.