LIVING statues are preparing to bring Stratford to a standstill.
The National Living Statue Championship, held for the first time last year, will be returning during the Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations weekend (April 27 and 28).
Although last year’s winner Matt ‘The Mechanical Fracture’ Walters is unable to make it, competition is still set to be fierce with entrants from around the world.
Among them will be Eve Cartwright, from Stourbridge, performing as her character Flotsam the mermaid.
She said: “I’m really excited to be returning to the championships this year. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet other performers and see how they interpret the art form. There was a really great vibe last year, with so much going on for Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations too.”
A practice for the performers will take place on the Friday evening, with the winner being decided by public vote on the Sunday at 4pm at the Bancroft Basin.
Organiser Dermot McGillicuddy added: “It’s been a really tough choice deciding who will be coming to perform but we’re very excited to see some of the biggest names in the living statue industry coming from around the world.
“Due to the impressive standard of the competition, we’re expecting large crowds to turn out and decide the winner so make sure you come along and vote for your favourite.”
Visit www.shakespearescelebrations.com for more details.