Strolling Bones return for Halloween in the City

Date: 26 October 2019 to 27 October 2019

Location: St Ann's Square and New Cathedral Street, Manchester

Client: Heart of Manchester BID Company Ltd & CityCo Manchester

Film produced by Triple Dot Makers

First seen in Manchester's Arndale Centre in October 2018, during its annual Halloween in the City weekend of events, the Strolling Bones wowed the afternoon crowds with a spook-tacular skellie performance that included a flash mob style dance to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', a parade and a series of random pop-up moments in the shopping centre.

The Strolling Bones returned to two new locations to bring lots of fun Halloween mayhem with another slightly bonkers walk about performance to outdoor audiences in the city centre.

Featuring 8 bespoke back-pack mounted skeleton puppets, designed by artist Ben Cook, the ghoulishly delightful performers, choreographed by Ruth Jones, bopped their bones to the sounds of the The Lantern Band during the afternoon parades which, this year, took place on both Saturday and Sunday.

"Our 2018 debut of Strolling Bones in Manchester proved how this simple walkabout performance could be a real crowd-pleaser with people of all ages.  Halloween is now such a big seasonal event that this slightly surreal happening in and around a shopping centre created a fantastic ripple effect reaction among the crowds."  Billie Klinger, Creative Producer

Photography by Chris Payne

''With Halloween now an event with ever increasing expectations from audiences for originality and the wow factor, our Strolling Bones show is a massive crowd-pleaser which will create a series of stand-out moments in public spaces thanks to its carefully staged elements of random surprise.''

Billie Klinger, Creative Producer

Project Specification
Project Scale
Creative Content
Costumes and props
Parades and processions
Site responsive performance