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Folkestone: Crossing Lines, the biggest outdoor theatre show to come to Kent, at Radnor Park

By Angela Cole

A performance of huge proportions is coming to Folkestone's largest outdoor space, Radnor Park.

Spectacular European outdoor theatre company PAN.OPTIKUM, will be joining forces with more than 30 young people from nine European countries, to present the free show, Crossing Lines.

Open to all, it combines dance, rap, performance, video projection - and a huge set. Unfolding all around the audience, it will follow the survivors of a global catastrophe as they come together, form new tribes and micro-societies - and look ahead to the future.

Crossing Lines is coming to Folkestone. Picture: Jennifer Rohrbacher
Crossing Lines is coming to Folkestone. Picture: Jennifer Rohrbacher

As well as a two-sided main stage, there will be special effects and small moving stages making up part of the show, making sure there's a unique experience for everyone, wherever they are viewing from.

The free outdoor show is expected to draw a big crowd, so visitors are advised to head to Radnor Park on foot, or by public transport.

Power of Diversity – The Crossing Lines Project is a pan-European project, working with 10 partners, across several different countries. For its first stage, Folkestone’s Creative Foundation worked with PAN.OPTIKUM to recruit 15 young Folkestone performers, for a small-scale, outdoor performance in the Creative Quarter. Three were then selected to join more than 30 artists from across Europe, to create the bigger Crossing Lines at PAN.OPTIKUM’s site in Freiburg. Having performed in Russia, Denmark and Germany, the three Kent artists now head back to their home town for this show.

Crossing Lines by PAN.OPTIKUM
Crossing Lines by PAN.OPTIKUM

Internationally renowned PAN.OPTIKUM is dedicated to interactive forms of theatre and music theatre. Their performances feature artistic and visual effects and specialise in performing all around the audience, bringing them into the performance. Founded as a street theatre ensemble in 1982, the group has kept its ideas and objectives of that time. Crossing Lines is part of Power of Diversity, co-funded by the European Union as part of the Creative Quarter Europe Programme.


Crossing Lines will be at Radnor Park, Folkestone (opposite Folkestone Central Station) on Saturday, June 9 at 9pm. For more information visit quarterhouse.co.uk/whats-on/crossing-lines or call 01303 760750.

Crossing Lines will be a huge outdoor theatre show Picture: Jennifer Rohrbacher
Crossing Lines will be a huge outdoor theatre show Picture: Jennifer Rohrbacher

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