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Ssshh... Labyrinth makes a hush-hush appearance in Bowie-themed evening

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 07, 2013

By Jackie Butler

  • Above, David Bowie stars as Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth, showing at Secret Fridays in Liskeard

  • An owl from Screech Sanctuary and crystal ball juggler and slack rope walker Anaspitos

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Keep it under your hat... but the fantastic mystical world of Labyrinth is coming alive in a Cornish town hall next weekend.

Actually, it's OK to tell all your friends; the hush-hush vibe comes from the event's title, Secret Fridays – a series of monthly cultural events in Liskeard aimed at bringing all vintages of fun-loving family folk together for an evening of entertainment in the heart of the community. And everyone else is invited too.

Masterminded by Cornwall's wild and wacky Rogue Theatre and put together with a posse of young, artistic volunteers, the imaginative theme on Friday, June 14 – the third of six Secret Fridays – revolves around a showing of the film Labyrinth, starring David Bowie.

"We wanted to do something that had a real sense of magic," says Rogue's Ollie Oakenshield. "And we thought that the film would have a wide appeal.

"David Bowie is just out there at the moment, with his new album, TV programmes and exhibitions."

Labyrinth is a terrific family 1986 movie directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and based on conceptual designs by Brian Froud – who lives on Dartmoor.

It tells the tale of Sarah, a teenager with an active imagination who is frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend. She summons the goblins from her favourite book, Labyrinth, to take her baby step-brother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah follows him into the fairytale world to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King.

As well as presenting the film, Secret Fridays will play host to real owls – the night birds are a key focus in the movie – from Cornwall's Screech Owl Sanctuary.

There will also be a performance from the spectacular crystal ball juggler and international slack rope sensation Anaspitos, who is currently in training for a mammoth tight rope walk at Glastonbury festival – 120 metres long and 12 metres high. With themed refreshments, a bar, pizzas available to order on the night, there's also an opportunity to have your face painted like any of David Bowie's alter egos or, indeed, a goblin.

And, of course, there will be a great selection of David Bowie's music at this multi-faceted treat for families, film fans, Bowie groupies, owl lovers, spectacle seekers and those in search of exciting Eighties escapism.

Secret Fridays – an RIO project, supported Rogue, the Arts Council, Cornwall Council and Liskeard Town Team – is also a model that could easily spread to other towns.

Doors open at 6pm and Labyrinth (U) starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 (under 16s). to book call 01726 879500 or visit www.crbo.co.uk.

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