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Cleaner becomes star of street theatre in Hounslow

Mime artists Kamchatka delighted spectators in Bell Square, some of whom got involved in the action

A street cleaner unwittingly bagged a starring role as the Catalan arts collective Kamchatka brought their unique brand of interactive theatre to Hounslow.

Passersby were delighted and bemused in equal measure on Saturday (April 25) by the mime artists' antics as strangers from a distant land struggling to adapt to their new surrounds of Hounslow High Street.

Clutching their luggage, members of Kamchatka - named after a remote region in Russia - exhibited a childlike innocence and curiosity in everything they saw, making friends along the way and co-opting them into the performance.

One of those new pals was a street cleaner, who was won over following his initial bewilderment and even shared an embrace with the strangers.

Kamchatka performed twice on the day, with some children and a visitor from Belgium among the other spectators to find themselves part of the action.

They were the latest artists to appear in Bell Square, at the western end of Hounslow High Street, which is hosting a series of free fortnightly shows curated by Watermans arts centre in Brentford.

Next up is the slack-rope artist Stefano Di Renzo, who is back with his show 'On My Way' after thrilling audiences with his comic acrobatic routine last year. You can catch him in Bell Square on Saturday May 9, at 1pm and 3.30pm.

For the full list of upcoming performances at Bell Square, visit www.bellsquarelondon.com.

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