THE atmospheric setting of the Roman Gardens next to the Walls is the setting for a free sound and light spectacular to which everyone is invited.

The twilight event, entitled Up The Wall, includes architectural projections, laser shows, slap stick comedy, instrumentals, historical re-enactments, treasure hunts and illuminations.

The Chester Performs’ happenings, between 7-9pm on Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24, feature international and UK-based artists.

Highlights include Through the Wall, a series of video projections of iconic sites such as 10 Downing Street or the Great Wall of China projected onto the city walls

History , is performed by critically acclaimed artists and draws on events chosen by community groups from Chester’s last 2,000 years of history.

Rewrittenwill see the recreation of a Roman defence ditch using nothing but lasers

As part of Commond Ground audiences will join an MP3 tour of the future.

Up Summanus! is a slap stick performance involving two actors performing as sprites attempting to invoke Summanus and Bacchus – the Gods of nocturnal thunder and wine.

And Roman Chester Reprojectionssees German-born Harald Symkla projecting animations onto the walls from an overhead projector.

Programme manager Amber Knipe said: “This year’s Up the Wall is our most ambitious yet, we’ve commissioned professional artists from Cheshire to New York.

“We’re very excited to be working with such a diverse programme, the idea of the decline of the Roman Empire proved to be a real inspiration.”

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