Art and drama bring Great Yarmouth’s historic street to life as Street of Stories exhibition opens

Helen Mak's artwork in the courtyard of the Time and Tide Musuem in Great Yarmouth, part of the Stre

Helen Mak's artwork in the courtyard of the Time and Tide Musuem in Great Yarmouth, part of the Streets of Stories exhibition for King Street. - Credit: Archant

The potted past and bright future of King Street in Great Yarmouth is being celebrated on gallery walls and a theatre's stage.

St Georges Theatre in Great Yarmouth, at the heart of the King Street renovation work. Picture: Jame

St Georges Theatre in Great Yarmouth, at the heart of the King Street renovation work. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

The Street of Stories art exhibition, featuring work inspired by memories of King Street and its community, opens at St George's Theatre, the Time and Tide Museum and the 133 King Street gallery in Yarmouth today.

The play Cafe dos Sonhos, written by Norwich-based Belona Greenwood, is also being performed for the first time. The show is being performed by the newly formed St George's Community Theatre Company and tells the fictional story of people living and working in the area which is currently undergoing a £9 million refurbishment.

Both the art - which has been created by professionals as well as students from Norwich University of the Arts and Great Yarmouth College - and the specially commissioned play are part of a three-year project to document the King Street renovation.

'It will allow people to explore King Street through the eyes of the various artists working on the project, and very literally, as they journey around the exhibition venues used,' said Siobhan Johnson, community manager for Seachange Arts which is overseeing the arts project.


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St Georges and King Street is being transformed into a cultural quarter through the Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme (THI), a Heritage Lottery funded conservation-led project managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Streets of Stories is open daily 11am to 6pm from today until Sunday, June 16.

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Admission is free.

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