1993 – date
Based in Newcastle, Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International (NWSI) is a Street Theatre partnership of Paul Miskin & Maysie Sharp who are Artists, administrator, maker and performers. With a core of around 50 free-lance performers: musicians, inflatablists, pyrotechnicians, stilt-walkers and aerialists, many of whom have performed with the company for ten years. Since their first site specific performance in Exhibition Park, Newcastle in 1993, over 500 performances have been created and performed across the NE and in 40 countries much through support of the British Council.
They have worked large-scale providing the opening or closing show for many festivals including: Poznan, Gdansk, Singapore, Stockton’s SIRF, Terrason, Kortijk, Dunkirk & Greenwich. NWSI have performed: giant puppets the size of buildings; abseiled on stilts (abstilted) down the side of a church tower in a giant spider costume; burned temporary sculptures `fallas’; ignited kinetic theatrical fireworks, fire drawings, and Catalan-style hand held pyrotechnics on stilts. They still create and perform to this day in 2013.