Tamworth gets ready to welcome Tigress – a Warrior Queen

Tuesday, 5th May 2015

TIGRESS is coming! Excitement is building with only a few days to go until Tamworth’s biggest ever outdoor production of dance, acrobatics and music is revealed to audiences from near and far.

Final dress rehearsals are taking place this week ahead of the ground-breaking spectacle retelling the story of Tamworth’s Saxon Queen Ethelfleda in a one-off, modern show written especially for the town.

The 45-minute production will be performed three times; at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, May 9th and at 2pm on Sunday May 10th, giving people plenty of opportunity to see a bit of Tamworth history in the making – and it’s completely free of charge.

Hundreds of local singers, dancers, drummers and artists have spent the last few months preparing for the show which has been put together by the nationally acclaimed and award-winning Motionhouse performance company.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Tamworth Castle, Tigress will use the environment in a way that has never been seen before, combining breathtaking dance and acrobatics with a searing original score.

Led by artistic director, Kevin Finnan MBE – who was choreographer and movement director of the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony – Motionhouse is renowned around the world for its large scale outdoor productions.

The three dynamic performances of Tigress will see the formidable Lady of the Mercians commanding an army against the invading Vikings following the death of her husband the king – at the same time as raising her daughter Aelfwyn.

In a fierce fight for their lives, the Mercians use strength and tenacity to survive as dancers lead the spectacle to an exhilarating climax. Members of the audience can expect to be involved and engaged throughout.

Featuring Tamworth Dance Company, Tamworth Rep Company, Landau Forte QEMS Sixth Form Company, Tamworth Enterprise Company, Belgrave Taiko Drummers, Amington Band, Tamworth Voices, Tamworth Male Voice Choir, Tamworth Ladies Choir and up to 200 local schoolchildren alongside talented Motionhouse performers, this unique event will capture the warrior queen’s electrifying spirit as never before.

As well as the awe-inspiring dancing on display, there will also be a few surprises in the form of a huge Mercian flag and a large stained glass window design on fabric – both created by Tamworth people and both of which will be dramatically unfurled as part of the performance.

The one-off masterpiece forms the I Am Dance element of the ambitious I Am Tamworth project and is the centre-piece of a 12-month celebration of the arts organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team.

It is hoped Tigress will attract thousands of visitors from Tamworth and further afield.

This free event is not to be missed.