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The Big Feast 2023: Friday 25 August

The Big Feast 2023: Friday 25 August

The Big Feast is Back!

We’re bringing the delicious mix of FREE* performance, music and dance back to the streets of the city centre (Hanley). Come along on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August from 11am to 5pm and dig in! To see the map and full schedule for both days, take a look at the brochure. And don’t miss the exhibitions and workshops that you can enjoy too!

What’s #OnTheMenu for Friday’s serving of The Big Feast?

Ear Trumpet by Gobbledegook

Ear Trumpet is about listening. It’s about the sound under the ground. The noises that you would miss if you didn’t listen for them. A team of sonic investigators have managed to track an exceptional auditory occurrence, which they have discovered, runs under the ground. Eons worth of sound, both ancient and modern, is harmonically bound together, trapped inside our ancient rocks. Occasionally these sounds bubble up and erupt to the surface.

Outside Potteries Museum & Art Gallery | 11am – 1pm | 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Hippochondriac by Thingumajig Theatre

Part animal and part mechanical, Hieronymus the hippo is feeling under the weather. Fortunately, his companion doctor/mechanic is only too eager to show you what’s under the bonnet to diagnose the problem. What follows is an array of puppet shows built into the troubled creature revealing the origin of his malaise.

Piccadilly | 11am – 11.40am | 1.45pm – 2.25pm | 4.15pm – 4.55pm


Teabreak by Trigger

Catch your breath and enjoy a free, freshly made brew in this heart-warming new show by Trigger. Follow the journey of tea across continents and centuries, onto our shores and into our teapots with a transportive audio piece and Kathak dance performance.

There will be a captioned film that’s available via QR code at the show or through an iPad that the performer provides.

Crown Bank | 11am – 11.40am | 1pm – 1.40pm | 4pm – 4.40pm


Mughal Minatures by Sonia Sabri

A fun and upbeat outdoor performance event for all the family, which celebrates and takes inspiration from the exquisite traditional art of Indian and Persian miniature painting. Performers in sumptuous costumes create vibrant and colourful mini worlds of dance, music and puppetry.

Fountain Square | 11.30am – 11.50am | 2.20pm – 2.40pm


Big Gay Disco Bike by Fatts Project

A feel-good, pop-up, big, gay disco performed with a bike!

Piccadilly Stage | 12pm – 12.30pm & 3.30pm – 4pm

Fountain Square Stage | 1.50pm – 2.20pm


Carpeters by 16RPM

Hard up, tired out, worn down. In search of a celebrity, a party, an opening night. Confused, disorientated, they find a way. Rolling out a bold red line of chaos and confusion.

Piccadilly (Roaming) | 11.45am – 12.25pm | 1pm – 1.40pm | 3.30pm – 4.10pm


Falconry Dismay by Dizzy O’Dare

Showcasing the extraordinary talents of three majestic birds of prey and their expert handler, you will belly laugh through the raucous, anarchic and wild ride that is Falconry Dismay.

Outside Halifax | 12pm – 12.30pm | 2.45pm – 3.15pm


Circus Flavours presented by Upswing and New Vic Theatre

Have you ever dreamt of joining the circus? Now you can! Watch daring acts performed by some of the UK’s most talented circus artists then have a go yourself in the workshop. Workshops are are taught on an aerial hoop and are suitable for ages 7+.

Bethesda Gardens | Performances: 12pm – 12.20pm, 2.15pm – 2.35pm & 4.10pm – 4.30pm Workshops: 12.30pm – 1.15pm  & 2.45 – 3.30pm


Eau de Memoir by Miss High Leg Kick

Explore the rich experiences and memories evoked by smells in a show that celebrates our oldest sense.  Artists will present live ‘perfumances’ with smell-along fragrances bringing memories of places and times to life. Eau de Memoire is a show for everyone, with inclusivity at its heart. Fun, quirky and approachable… and smells amazing!

Fountain Square Stage | 12.30pm – 1.10pm | 3.15pm – 3.55pm


Timeless by Joli Vyann

Timeless is about the passing of time and the danger that we are literally running out of it. Joli Vyann use their unique dare devil style of dance, circus and theatre on a 7m high rotating hourglass, to tell the poignant story of civilisation’s fragile relationship with climate change.

Outside Potteries Museum & Art Gallery | 1.15pm – 1.45pm | 3.30pm – 4pm


Supersonic Kids Gigs by Capsule

‘Big Sounds for Little People’. If you couldn’t guess from the snappy title, it’s a gig for kids and their families, which aims to introduce children to experimental music at an early age. Kids Gigs provide a fantastic opportunity to show children the beauty of live music.

Piccadilly Stage | 2pm – 3.30pm


*PLUS PUNK ALLEY – a special ticketed performance taking place at Mitchell Arts Centre on Saturday. Tickets are free to book on Eventbrite and you can donate what you decide or are able to at the show.

Check out our social media pages for more details in the run up to the event and follow the conversation on #OnTheMenu and #BigFeast. Don’t already follow us on socials? Here’s where to find us:

Facebook: @appetite.stoke  |  Instagram: @appetite_stoke  |  Twitter: @appetitestoke



All daytime performances are family friendly and wheelchair accessible. For more information you can visit:

  • Looking for Saturday 26?
  • Get the brochure
  • The Big Feast: Access Edition page
  • The Big Feast FAQ page
  • Talk to the Appetite event team on the day at the Appetite HQ gazebo or look for the blue t-shirts
  • Planning your visit to the Big Feast? We’ve got itineraries to help you make the most of your visit, whether it’s your first time, you’re having some family time or visiting with friends, there’s something for everyone!


Event Info

Date & Time

Fri 25 August & Sat 26 August | 10am to 5pm