Do you like to dance or move? Take part in HANDBAG!

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Performers needed for HANDBAG

Remember those nights of dancing around your handbags with your friends?

Come and be part of HANDBAG; a day on the dance floor happening in Bethesda Gardens!

The Opportunity

Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company is looking for male and female performers* to take part in Handbag, a performance for the Big Feast 2021 in Bethesda Gardens Hanley on Saturday 28 August 2021.

The performance lasts 12 minutes and will be performed 7 times over the course of the afternoon.

Please note that Male performers don’t dance during the performance.

*All are welcome female, male and non-binary




To take part you must be able to attend Rehearsals and Performances.


  • Saturday 21 August from 1.30pm – 5.00pm at Mitchell Arts Centre/Bethesda Gardens
  • Friday 27 August from 6.00pm – 9.00pm Rehearsal 2 at Mitchell Arts Centre/Bethesda Gardens

Performance Day:

  • Saturday 28 August from 9.30am (full dress rehearsal)
  • Performances: 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm


A Handbag talk will take place on Sunday 1 August 1.30-2.30pm at New Vic Theatre and we’d encourage all participants to attend. This is your chance to meet Geraldine and find out more about the project.

Please note that all performers should be over the age of 16 and while it is not necessary to have any previous dance experience you will need to be able to follow instruction and take direction independently. If you have any access needs do get in touch and we can chat about how we may be able to accommodate you.

 How to get involved

If you would like to participate or find out more, please email

More information about Handbag can be found here.

You can also find out more on the Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What previous participants say about HANDBAG

“It was fun and so uplifting. It’s the nearest I’ve felt to being my old self in ages. Me feet were a bit worse for wear, but the adrenaline was fantastic”
Participant and cancer survivor Shoreditch Town Hall

“It was lovely participating in Handbag and thank you for this opportunity. Meeting all the wonderful people that were part of it was the highlight of the experience for me. Handbag is a beautiful idea, and its simplicity makes it a brilliant piece. Congratulations “
Participant Open East Festival


Handbag was originally commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre

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