Fire breathing, music and a giant winged ship is coming to the streets of Doncaster for this year's free outdoor event from Cast on Friday 7 September. The outdoor spectacular is back for its third year, with worldwide performers flocking to Doncaster to take part.

You'd do well to expect the unexpected in Sir Nigel Gresley Square, with jaw-dropping acrobatics meeting smoke flares and giant flaming window frames.

Arka is presented by Polish company Teatr Ósmega Dnia and recalls all those refugees and displaced people who travel the continents and warm their souls with memories of home.

This announcement follows the recent Culture Crawl which saw the town centre come to life with a range of exciting arts, music and performance. This is the fourth international outdoor event the theatre has presented with previous smash-hit outdoor performances of 2016 (Clash of Drums) and 2017 (The Colour of Light) attracting over four thousand spectators to the town centre.

Sian Dudley Head of Marketing and Communications for Cast comments:

‘It’s all about bringing the best performances from all over the world to Doncaster and making our town centre a great place to visit. For many local people, this will be their only arts experience all year, and that’s why we make this event completely free of charge, so anyone can access this jaw-dropping show. This will be our fourth outdoor spectacular event, and I thought we’d never top the sheer wow-factor of previous years, but Arka really is the best yet! Doncaster town centre is a vibrant place of great bars, restaurants and shopping, so we’re thrilled to be flinging the theatre doors wide open and letting the arts spill out into the streets’

With stunning staging including flame-lit structures which move through the audience and a giant winged ship, this production packs an emotional punch in delivering a universal story.

Arka takes place Friday 7 September. Tickets are free but require booking via Cast’s Box Office 01302 303 959 or website