In 2016 Tony Lidington directed Delight – a street theatre show for the winter, based inside an ice cream van!



Delight is a participatory performance and installation devised and created with Hannah Fox.
The piece was originally commissioned for Light Up Lancaster 2015.
Following this, the performance was chosen to feature in Creative Scene’s HeckmondLIGHT event.
The beautifully illuminated van is home to former circus sideshow fire-eaters Ida Glimmer & Ava Shimmer.
Following an unfortunate incident with a flame thrower and a bottle of WD40 – Ida & Ava’s sizzling career was
dramatically curtailed. Forbidden, by Health & Safety Officers from working with naked flames in close proximity
to the general public, and children in particular – the pair dreamt up a magical new (and safety-conscious) way to
spread the gift of light, delight and wonderment…
Twinkling displays, mini-projections and intriguing silhouetted paper-cuts festoon the vehicle’s expanse of glass.
Crowds draw closer, the van chimes ring out, the serving window slides open – Ida & Ava appear and invite you to
carry a ‘Tea Light Delight’ away into the night…

From summer days to winter nights, cool ice cones to ‘firey’ flickering torches – the development of Delight was a
transformative work. Providing the opportunity to totally re-imagine the working space, function and work-a-day
business of my ice cream van.”


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