Party in the Park film will be Supercalafragilistic!

23 May 2018

Iconic family film, Mary Poppins (U) is set to bring Party in the Park 2018 to a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious close on Saturday 7 July at Woking Park.

 The beloved nanny will spring to life on two New Victoria Theatre Big Screens, taking her friend Bert the chimney sweep and her new wards, the Banks children, on magical journey around London in the early 1900s.

Fast becoming a much-loved tradition, the pop-up outdoor cinema will whirr into action at 6.30pm, after the main party has ended, giving families the chance to relax and watch a film whilst the sun goes down around them.

 This year, Party in the Park commemorates two major centenaries: the end of World War One and the first votes for women, won by suffragettes, including Woking resident Dame Ethel Smyth who was a renowned composer and an active pioneer for women’s rights.

 Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, explains why the film was chosen: “Apart from having near universal appeal, we believe that the New Victoria Theatre Big Screen audience will see Mary Poppins in a new light, as one that celebrates women’s rights in the character of Winifred Banks, the children’s mother, who is depicted as a member of Emmeline Pankhurst’s Votes for Women suffragette movement.

 “We hope that the song ‘Sister Suffragette’ and the tell-tale purple and green sashes that Mrs Banks drapes around the shoulders of her astounded female staff whilst she sings, will bear even greater significance when played out proudly at Party in the Park. After all, partygoers would have spent the whole day celebrating peace and equality and remembering the huge sacrifices made by men and women 100 years ago.”

Throughout the day, the New Victoria Theatre Big Screens will be showing a variety of live sports. To find out more about what’s in store at this year’s party, visit www.celebratewoking.info/partyinthepark