Out There Festival performance is real home coming for Norfolk circus troupe

Lost In Translation, Seachange's company in residence, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: supplied Lost In Translation, Seachange's company in residence, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: supplied

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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■ Looking For Paradise - Artists and performers join forces with local people to search for the true meaning of paradise. Get involved, visit www.outtherefestival.com. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, Market Place

■ L’Aimant - The town’s Regent Road becomes the venue for a rooftop Romeo who embarks on an aerial odyssey. Sunday 21, Regent Road

■ The Insect Circus - Acrobatic ants, the Vicious Vespa Wasps and Tallulah the Worm Charmer come together in The Insect Circus. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, St George’s Plaza.

■ Salon Clair de Lune - A late night line-up of music and mayhem as artists from France, Belgium and the UK perform continental cabaret.

Saturday 20, Stars Showbar

■ Strike! - Trick bikes, straps, aerial structures and a deluge of cardboard boxes combine in this acclaimed circus show. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, St George’s Theatre

■ The Color of Time – The festival’s headline show. A massive choreographed processional dance that culminates in an explosion of powdered paint on Yarmouth’s seafront. Want to join in? Visit www.outtherefestival.com. Saturday 20, Marine Parade

■ The Polyamide Sisters - Les Fées Railleuses provide a unique outdoor circus featuring sleeping bag acrobats, backpack ballet and nylon animal acts. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, St George’s Park

■ Spider Man is Back in Town - A walkabout show that sees Spider Man brought down to size. The superhero finds himself in decidedly non-death-defying situations. Saturday 20, Market Place and Regent Road

■ Too Much Monkey Business - A troupe of performers lead a series of left field interventions around town for 26 hours. Get involved, visit www.outtherefestival.com. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, across town.

■ La Carte B – Young French rock ‘n’ rollers La Grosse B’s new show mixes astounding acrobatics, high-adrenaline action and dark, cartoon humour. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, St. George’s Park.

But for their high flying show at this year’s Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk’s resident circus group, Lost In Translation, will be performing in a truly unique venue – when they take over someone’s house.

The seven-strong troupe will debut their new show Cirque Bordello in the rooms and windows of a terraced house in St George’s Road.

It is being lent as a performance space by the homeowner, a former volunteer with Seachange Arts, the organisers of the five day circus and street arts festival.

Annabel Carberry, co-director of Lost In Translation, said the property performance was a first for the group and they were looking forward to showing the Yarmouth audience their latest acrobatic display.

The Insect Circus, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: suppliedThe Insect Circus, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: supplied

“The show takes place on the street and then we also use the windows and we’re hoping to try and use the roof,” she added. “It’s a new direction for us. There’s a couple of other companies [doing this] but it is quite unusual.”

Cirque Bordello combines circus, situation comedy and slapstick and is among the in-development performances on the Out There bill.

These shows give spectators the chance to marvel at performances never seen before while the companies behind them can get feedback from their audience.

The Lost In Translation team are currently rehearsing at the Drill House, the home of Seachange Arts, but will be moving their practice sessions into the house in the week leading up to the festival. And after Out There they will continue to work on Cirque Bordello before taking it on tour at the end of next year.

The Color of Time, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: V VanheckeThe Color of Time, among the acts performing at 2014's Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: V Vanhecke

As Seachange’s company in residence the troupe also work with youngsters and adults through the Drillaz circus school and run a “train the trainers” programme, teaching up and coming circus artists further skills and expertise.

They are also familiar faces on the Norfolk entertainment calendar having performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the VW White Noise Festival, and have taken their high flying act to Holt, Gorleston and Thetford. But they are particularly looking forward to returning to Yarmouth for Out There, which is now in its seventh year.

Miss Carberry said: “It’s the big event of the year. Lots of artists come from everywhere for it, we get to see lots of friends and different shows.

“And it’s a really great atmosphere for the artists as well as the public because everybody is together. It’s really social.”

Out There runs from September 17 to 21 and takes over the town with a packed line up of shows – most of which are free. 
Visit www.outtherefestival.com. Cirque Bordello will be showing at noon and 4.30pm in St George’s Road on September 20

Do you have an arts story for the EDP? Email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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