Carnival Bentham 2018

Carnival Bentham this year was celebrating 100 years of suffrage so were encouraging a purple, white and green theme for the costumes and umbrella decoration.

I decided to keep it bold and simple with a purple, white and green Edwardian costume and a “VOTES FOR WOMEN” umbrella in the same colours.  I had been wanting to have a go at the tissue paper and PVA on the inside of a clear umbrella technique for some time and I think it works quite well.  It has a bit of an art nouveau/tiffany lamp look about it that I was quite pleased with.

We bumped into the Fairly Famous Family doing their Kitsch Kafe act and Rough Magic Theatre’s Tim Austin was given a 60s makeover for the selfies above.

We had a really great time and enjoyed the hand made traditional fairground games (e.g. splat the rat, wheel of fortune etc.) that were created specially for this year.

Many thanks to Peter Swan for the photo’s of the parade, (


“Local Performer to Debut Riverbank Tales”

A great opportunity to see Rough Magic Theatre’s Tim Austin coming up soon at CARnival Bentham on Saturday 30th May 2015 (click here for more info!)


On the 30th of May, High Bentham will see the world première of 3 new short stories by celebrated local actor and writer Tim Austin.  Told to visitors in venues around the town as part of this year’s “Carnival Bentham”, the event marks a departure into straight storytelling that Tim has been planning for a long time.

“I’ve been writing for stage, page and audio for a while now,” explains Tim. “And much of my work has been short stories.  I’ve already performed self-penned shadow theatre shows and even a monologue or two on a west end stage but this will be the first time I’ve written and performed a story without props or puppets – the purest kind of storytelling.”

Tim will be telling stories about life and fantastical events on the River Wenning, which runs beside and through High Bentham.  The hubris of kings, magical creatures, an…

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