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Monday, September 2, 2013
The streets of Great Yarmouth will be awash with colour and crowds when the annual Out There arts festival gets under way next week.
The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts takes place from Wednesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15.
The annual festival, now in its sixth year, will be based in and around St George’s Park.
The park is free to enter for the festival, with a small number of ticketed shows taking place at the Hippodrome and St George’s Theatre.
There are workshops taking place throughout the festival, including clay art, DJing, parkour and free running, plus face painting and animated stories.
For full listings of what’s on, visit www.outtherefestival.com.
To book for the ticketed shows, head to the website or call the box office on 01493 331484.
The celebration of circus and street arts – one of the biggest in the UK, takes place in and around St George’s Park from Wednesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15.
Now in its sixth year, the kooky festival is expected to attract around 70,000 people to the east coast.
As well as off-beat UK performers, the festival draws a lively mix of artists from 35 different counties including France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Highlights include the Big Bang Factory at the Hippodrome, a new co-commission with Amiens’ famous Cirque Jules Verne. It tells the comic tale of a motley group of circus performers tasked with creating the universe.
At the newly refurbished St George’s Theatre in King Street, young companies from Ireland, the UK and Sweden will stage new work inside and outside the building, with many performing in the open air on the King Street plaza.
Following an acclaimed sell-out run at Battersea Arts Centre, The Paper Cinema will perform the Odyssey.
Described as an ingenious and vivid retelling of Homer’s classic tale, the Ancient Greek hero Odysseus will be brought to life with illustration and puppetry, set to a captivating live score.
To add to the atmosphere there will also be a free pre-show barbecue for ticket holders.
Seachange’s chief executive Joe Mackintosh says the annual Out There event aims to celebrate the weird and wonderful, as well as introduce new audiences to circus and street art.
“We’re always striving to bring something different to Out There,” said Mr Mackintosh.
“Whether it’s something incredibly beautiful, comical or just plain crazy, the signature of the festival is to find something you’ve not seen before.”
For the first time, a large number of shows have been co-produced or supported by SeaChange Arts.
This will also be the first year Out There can use SeaChange’s Drill House base as its circus quarter.
“There are several festival shows created right here in Yarmouth,” said Seachange’s creative producer Laurie Miller-Zutshi.
“International circus company Lost in Translation are living and working in the town, and have produced their new show here.
“The Drill House has also seen a number of local artists working together to create a delightful nautical themed carousel ride. One for the children, it will be powered by parents.”
While Yarmouth is carving out a reputation for nurturing home-grown circus skills, it has long been associated with Big Top shows.
The famous Hippodrome is the UK’s only remaining purpose-built circus and has, this year, extended its own summer season to coincide with the Out There Festival.