Young Critics Review 2019 – Steampunk Ceilidh (by Sophie Swallow)
The Steampunk Ceilidh was a unique experience. The venue was a giant tent in the middle of the Fuse Festival at Beacon Park. All of the band members stood on a platform to check the public got the dance moves. They had traditional but folksy outfits that suited their personalities perfectly. At first the congregation puzzled over how to do the dances but soon we realised how to master the steps. The musicians helped us to get all the moves correct and it was a piece of cake once we got the hang of it; some of the participants got a bit carried away. The square dancing was very confusing and lots of the population didn’t get what to do. After a lot of explaining most people got what moves needed to be included. Everyone enjoyed it as it was a fun event and it was hilarious seeing everyone attempting to get the right steps. After at least 3 dances, everyone was in hysterics. A few families sat out for 1 or 2 dances just to have a rest but the majority didn’t stop dancing. At the end of the Ceilidh, we did a fun dance altogether which got all of us boogieing and laughing. Finally, everybody said goodbye as everyone departed.
by Sophie Swallow (age 9)