Theatre Royal Plymouth’s flagship community event Funky Llama Festival is back!
This October half-term, step right up to the greatest show in town for two big days! Join us in Plymouth’s Central Park for some Big Top magic and funky Halloween fun. With wild costumers, wacky workshops and magical moments for everyone to enjoy, this is the festival fix you’ve needed after lockdown.
Expect live music, DJs, craft stalls, a fully licensed bar, circus acts, comedy and magic from local and national performers. Including the latest show Human by Extraordinary Bodies, the UK’s leading disabled and non-disabled circus company, created in partnership with show makers Cirque Bijou and leading arts and diversity practitioners Diverse City.
The festival welcomes families and friends and is open to all ages and all abilities. The party continues as the sun goes down with cabaret acts, live music and a silent disco. This year’s festival will be funkier than ever before, and after the year we’ve all had, we need a fabulous funky time!
The event is programmed by our Funky Llama Steering Group and is inclusive and accessible. Funky Llama challenges stereotypes and celebrates the creative talents of disabled adults. It involves large-scale, inclusive performing arts and social events as well as increasing the amount of arts opportunities available throughout the region.
Fully accessible changing facility available on festival site. Scheduled BSL interpreted performances, on site guide dog rest area and audio festival guide available. Full line up to be announced in Summer 2021.
- Central Park in Plymouth
All ages welcomed
Single Day Tickets: £10
Fri & Sat Package: £18
Under 16s: £7.50
Enablers & Under 5s go free
FUNKY LLAMA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Human is a brand new live show by Extraordinary Bodies about the small moments that shape us. It is a poetic record of our time. Human is based on real life stories from the company and told through circus, music and film. Intimate, funny and celebratory, it looks into the heart of birth, love and change. It reminds us that as humans, we have the extraordinary ability to move forward together by taking the time to really understand each other. At a time when the world’s been cracked open, we invite you to spend an hour with us, imagining how we can make sure no one is left behind.
All performances are relaxed, BSL-interpreted, captioned and audio described. Wheelchair spaces are available: the festival’s seating is flexible and not raked. Click here to download the visual story for the show.
Too Hot for Candy
Kali, Arthur and Isaac are Too Hot For Candy, bringing you a sound they describe as ‘way funky’! Inspired by Prince, Sly and the Family Stone and with big beats and funky drumming, this is music you can party to!
Andy Quick Band
Andy is an award-winning songwriter with eclectic, vibrant and joyful music, his new live show is made for festivals. Musically the AQ Band are impossible to pin down and have created a fascinating mash-up of wild blues, world beats and retro funk-rock n roll, wrapped around enveloping lyrics and enormous choruses.
Conjuring up vibrant doses of bedroom pop, revered by The Sunday Times’ Breaking Act, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Dork, BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and Jack Saunders, BBC Introducing and Radio X.
Collectively on a mission to start the party and keep the dance floor jumping with their festival strength tropical sounds. Their genre defying sound fuses- funky latin beats, heaps of percussion, soaring guitars, skanktastic bass lines, punchy horns and soulful female vocals to create a heady mixture of original, infectious feel good tunes.
The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the global underground, combining traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska. A collection of intriguing instruments- accordion, oud, keyboard and brass, the band have dazzled audiences from festival crowds and stages at iconic venues to private functions and community events.
Devon Afrobeat Collective
Devon Afrobeat Collective’s new lineup went down a storm in their pre-lockdown gig in February last year. Headed up by the fabulous Jaz Gayle and her backing singers, and with a five-piece horn section, this 14-piece band motors along and will be sure to keep you dancing.
The Barefoot Bandit
The Barefoot Bandit are a highly energetic new-wave reggae/dub band based in Devon. Their noise comprises of an electrifying blend of modern roots reggae, deep dark dub and a sprinkling of experimental soundscapes.
More acts & performances!
Sam Fearon • Daisy Higman • Llama Hhama • Hands in Harmony • Far Flung Dance • Amy HoopLovin • Above Bounds Theatre • Street Factory • Animate Theatre • Kate Entwistle • Kitastrophe • Joshe B • Monty & Charlie • Sam Underhill • Ally Bryan • Coffee Cup Choir • Funky Llama Drama • Dude the Obscure • Mikaela Bygrave • Dilys Dalrymple
Fun activities for all ages!
Funky Foto Booth • Mural Walls • Real Llamas • Vegan & Mexican Food • Firetruck Bar • Access Theatre • Participate Arts & Scrapstore Craft • Accessible Yoga • Dude the Obscure • Films • Mikaela Bygrave • Dilys Dalrymple • Jasper Stretches • Storytelling • Accessible Yoga • Higher Beings Circus • Participate Arts & Scrapstore Craft • AND MORE!
Access at Funky Llama Festival:
- Large print and audio programmes
- Ear defenders to hire
- Assistance Dog rest area
- BSL Interpreted performances and workshops
- Staff and Volunteers on hand to help
- Flexible seating
- Relaxed Performance
- Chill out space
- Inclusive workshops and activities
Please speak to the information stall for details on the above access provisions.