Clash of Drums FAQ

20 Sep 2016


When does it start?
Clash of Drums will start shortly after 8pm on Friday 23 September. The “Clash” on stage will start around 8.30pm. We recommend arriving for then at the latest.

Where is it?
Sir Nigel Gresley Square in front of Cast on Waterdale. View a map here.

What does it cost?
Nothing - its absolutely free!

Do I need a ticket?
You can book a “free” ticket to let us know you are coming or just turn up. You won’t need to collect or bring a ticket.

How long does it last?
The performance will end around after 9pm. The Cast bar will remain open until 11pm. Whilst we endeavour to stick to the published times, weather can affect timings and announcements will be made on the night.

Can children attend?
Yes! This is a great show for all ages, however it is a late start for young children and the drums and pyrotechnics are very loud.

Will Cast be open?
Yes, Cast will be open throughout the day and until after the performances inside, All or Nothing (the Mod Musical) and Only Fools and Boycie. Our Cafe Bar will also be open all day and after the event. It will be very busy before 7.45pm so please allow yourself enough time

Where on the route should I stand?
There is no designated route as the ‘tribes’ will weave through the audience around the outside of Cast - so please be prepared to be move out of the way of the ‘tribes’ as they pass. The ‘tribes’ will finish on a stage in the Square after passing through the crowd so you can follow the whole performance all the way to the stage for the finale.

Will there be loud noises and smoke?
Yes, the pyrotechnics will include smoke effects and loud bangs, and the drumming will be in close proximity to the audience.

What should I wear?
We suggest warm clothes and waterproofs for your own comfort, and to wear comfortable shoes for standing during the duration of the event.

Can I take photographs?
Yes, and we would love for you to take photos while being respectful other audience members during the event, especially if you are using a selfie stick. Please do share these on social media by tagging us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using @castindoncaster and mention #ClashOfDrums
There will also be a photographer on the night; and volunteers recording short video interviews about the event.

Is there a quiet zone or a viewing area for anyone with specific needs?
Yes, there will be a small relaxed area inside Cast where you will be able to stand away from the crowds, drums and pyrotechnics. We want to make the event as accessible as possible so please do contact us with any queries and we will endeavour to accommodate you.

What is the Wheelchair viewing area?
An area in the Square will be sectioned off for wheelchair users to view the stage, and priority will be given to those who have let us know in advance. The capacity is limited so do make yourself known to us when you first arrive. We will endeavour to keep groups together while being respectful of all wheelchair users and ensuring their visibility.

Can I bring the dog?
Sorry - for the dogs and other visitors’ safety, dogs are not allowed to the events, with the exception of assistance dogs. If you are thinking of bringing an assistant dog, please consider the distress loud noises may cause your dog.

What facilities are at Cast?
There are public toilets and there is a Changing Places room available for people with specific needs.

Will drinks be sold at the event?
Yes – the bar in Cast will be open for drinks throughout the event. The bar will be very busy, particularly before 7.30pm, so please allow for this.

How to get there?
Cast is just a short walk from Doncaster’s Train Station and Bus Station. For parking, the Civic Quarter Car Park is your best bet. Due to high levels of people expected, we recommend car sharing or travelling by public transport; or at least give yourself a bit of extra time to get through the busy traffic! The Civic Quarter car park has a good value evening tariff of £2 from 6pm.

Are any roads closed?
Waterdale next to the library will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. If you are using the Civic Quarter car park, you can walk via the Waterdale shopping centre to access the square.

What's the weather forecast?
You can view the Met Office forecast here.

What if it rains on the evening?
The event will still happen, and the pyrotechnics will be adjusted to account for any strong winds.
Please be advised that in the unlikely event the decision is made to cancel, this will not be made until the evening of the event and will be announced on social media, by email to those who have booked a free ticket, and on the Cast website.

Why is Cast doing this?
To celebrate Doncaster and our ongoing commitment to bring large scale cultural events to Doncaster in partnership with Creative People and Place and through the Global Street Arts Network.

Who's presenting this?
Clash of Drums is brought to you by Cast and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, with funding from Arts Council England via the National Lottery and with support from Right Up Our Street. The companies who have created the work are a French company called Les Commandos Percu and a Basque company called Deabru Beltzak, they have travelled thousands of miles around the globe with this show... next stop Doncaster!

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please e-mail us or call 01302 303 959.

See you Friday! We can't wait!

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Charlotte bell 's picture

Can I book a space in the wheelchair viewing area please I will also have my son with me aswell as my dad who is in the wheelchair
gail king's picture

fantastic, could have seen this production over and over, the best thing that i have see at cast and there has been some pretty good shows.


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