Comedy, madness and mayhem at this weekend’s Out There Festival

Out There Festival for 2013 - Tony Clifton Circus, 'Rubbish Rabbit'

Out There Festival for 2013 - Tony Clifton Circus, 'Rubbish Rabbit' - Credit: Archant

The comedy moustache is being positively embraced for this year's Out There Festival – and don't worry if you haven't got one, for a small donation you can take one along or grow your own!

Saturday's performance is a twilight fete, well… La Fete Franglais Soiree, a varied programme of shows with a continental cafe style atmosphere and includes an interactive magic museum called La Grosse Collection, screwball comedy from of Tony Clifton's Circus, a performance blending sideshow and digital art from France's Nejma Company, music and much more.

And dressing up is positively encouraged!

The Soiree is from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at St George's Theatre and newly-built adjoining Plaza in Great Yarmouth.

'We want everyone to come along enjoy the shows, grab a drink in the new pavilion cafe, celebrate this great new space and bring a little piece of the continent to Great Yarmouth,' said SeaChange Arts creative producer Laurie Miller-Zutshi.

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Artists from across Europe descend on Great Yarmouth this weekend for what has become one of the country's largest dedicated circus and street arts festivals.

Festival organisers Seachange Arts will once again turn St George's Park into the centre of the street arts world in a largely free festival which last year attracted an estimated 70,000 people.

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The park hosts La Fête Franglais which will showcase balletic trolleys, a people powered carousel, tea parties and Gallic chefs in a programmed 18 shows from either side of the channel.

'It's a fun filled celebration of the very best of Britain and France,' says Seachange's Chief Executive Joe Mackintosh. 'We've toured a smaller scale programme to events around the county which is all about building new audiences for street arts but it has also helped create a big buzz for Out There.'

The Hippodrome begins the weekend's proceedings on Friday evening with another dose of cross channel collaboration as artists and circus students from both countries tackle the story of creation in family show, The Big Bang Factory.

The seafront, at the Sealife Centre gardens hosts Fragile, which sees a rooftop set become home to a tender and beautiful fusion of circus and physical theatre.

St George's Theatre is home to a trio of new shows from international companies while the newly completed plaza outside the theatre will be officially opened with a performance called Tribal Assembly by the acclaimed breakdance company Bad Taste Cru.

The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts continues until Sunday. Pick up a programme in Yarmouth at St George's Theatre, the Hippodrome, or the Mercury office in King Street on today, (Friday) only. Alternatively visit for further information.

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