Aerial acrobatics and theatre combine for a free performance at Riverside Bedford

On Edge at Riverside
Gravity-defying aerobatics from On Edge

Visitors to Riverside Bedford this weekend will be able to enjoy free pop up performances – taking place on a specially constructed scaffold frame – merging theatre, parkour and aerial acrobatics, highlighting modern slavery.

Atop the scaffolding, a group of men ricochet around a building site. Their routine may give a sense of purpose and reassurance yet behind the perimeter fencing, all is not as it first appears.

The gravity-defying moves of the international cast deliver an eye-opening and hard-hitting story about modern slavery, weaving together beauty and humour.

On Saturday the performance takes place at 3pm and on Sunday at 11.30am and 3.30pm.

Beside the performance space will be a ‘parkour park’, hosted by Bedford’s own Spiral Freerun. There will be free workshops for visitors to take part in.

Information about modern slavery and how to spot it and stop it will be available at each performance from charity partners The Salvation Army, Unseen UK, Hope For Justice and the Medaille Trust all of whom work with victims of modern slavery.

One Edge is touring the UK throughout the summer. The performance at Riverside Square is in association with The Place Theatre and Riverside Bedford.

There is two hours’ free parking in all council-owned car parks on Saturday and parking is free all day on Sunday.