VIDEO: Iron Man crunches and clanks into Skegness for epic recreation of Ted Hughes’ modern fairytale at SO Festival 2013

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A gigantic metal man clunked and clanked his way into Skegness this afternoon (Saturday) as a modern fairytale was brought to life for an award winning show.

Graeae’s retelling of Ted Hughes’ classic tale The Iron Man will cast a shadow of fear over the Skegness Lifeboat Station at 1pm and will return again at 4pm.

The Iron Man will be crashing into Skegness for SO Festival 2013.

The Iron Man will be crashing into Skegness for SO Festival 2013.

Hughes’ enchanting story of an Iron Man who terrifies and then saves a small farming community has been recreated by the talented cast of deaf and disabled actors known for their spellbinding performance during the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

“Ted Hughes’ story has a timeless charm and we are chomping at the bit to get our Iron Man back on the road,” said co-director Amit Sharma.

“We know that the show will enthrall audiences and capture the imagination once again.”

Graeae’s production weaves action in and out of the audiences as the hulking great Iron Man, taller than a double decker bus is operated by an intricate network of wheel chair components.

An epic space battle ensues between the Iron Man and an extraterrestrial Space-Bat, which the show’s writer Paul Sirett hopes will be ‘more captivating and thrilling ever’.

The show won the Latest 7 Award for Best Children’s Show at The Britighton Festival 20011 and three NNFEST Children Choice Awards at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011.