Seachange Arts in Great Yarmouth offer youngsters the chance to take part in tight-rope walking and clowning workshops

The Wire and the Clown workshop is part of the development of new show, Rise. Alana Jones (pictured

The Wire and the Clown workshop is part of the development of new show, Rise. Alana Jones (pictured) Photo: Joe Clarke - Credit: Archant

A circus venue is offering youngsters the chance to try their hand at tight-rope walking and clowning.

Would-be performers have an opportunity to explore two staple circus disciplines when Seachange Arts' resident company, Dizzy O'Dare hosts a free workshop called The Wire and the Clown on Wednesday, May 10.

The workshop will offer 12-18 year olds the chance to take their first steps on the tightwire and explore the theatrical world of the clown.

Dizzy O'Dare have been the resident company at The Drill House since August last year and have appeared at the Out There Festival. The company is made up of partner, Alana Jones and Mike Imerson.

Mike is a trained actor and street performer and Alana is a dancer and tightwire artist, who graduated from Laban, London and the National Centre for Circus Arts.

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SeaChange spokesman Siobhan Johnson said: 'This is a super opportunity for young performers to work with professional artists.

'They'll get try out some signature circus skills and learn how to develop drama around the tightwire.

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'They don't need any circus experience. Anyone with a dance, theatre or gymnastic background would benefit from it.'

The workshop forms part of a programme of work around Dizzy O'Dare's new show 'Rise', which is being developed at The Drill House and will be performed there in October.

Produced by Seachange, the show is a semi-autobiographical light-hearted exploration of Mike and Alana's experience working as performers and living as a couple.

The year 2017 is a landmark one for SeaChange Arts – not only is it its 20th year as a charity, but in September its Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts has its 10th outing.

However, the biggest anniversary in terms of time is that of the charity's base - The Drill House - which turns 150 years in May.

The Wire and the Clown workshop takes place at The Drill House on Wednesday, May 10 5.15pm-6.45pm.

The workshop is free, but places are limited and should be booked in advance. Dizzy O'Dare's Rise is performed at the Drill House on Saturday, October 21. Book online at

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