Fairy tale characters and skeleton puppets to headline Great Yarmouth’s Out There Festival 2015

PUBLISHED: 13:39 07 August 2015

Transe Express, performing at Out There

Transe Express, performing at Out There


Gigantic skeleton puppets, masked drummers and a fairytale-themed outdoor spectacular combine to make up the headline shows at this year’s Out There festival.

A garden party for new acts

This year’s festival has expanded to take on a new area within Great Yarmouth.

The Garden, on Trafalgar Road, will be dedicated to showcasing new work by a quartet of established companies and emerging performers.

It has been introduced in 2015 as part of Sea Change’s work to support and nurture new talent.

The Garden performers are:

■ Funky Fidelma, from Ireland, who will be presenting free comedy, circus skills and acrobatics as Funky Fi tries to reach the top of her five-metre pole.

■ Circomara Sailing Circus, also from Ireland, who will be showing Shipwrecked, a thrilling blend of comedy and acrobatic theatre.

■ Solo artist Stefano di Renzo, from Italy, who presents Hold On, a show acted out on a slack rope system.

■ And Circus Fergus, another Irish act, who mix fire juggling, a unicycle and gentle humour to create a wonderfully entertaining family show.

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The circus and street arts extravaganza is getting ready to take over Great Yarmouth’s streets once more and organisers Sea Change Arts are excited to announce the must-see acts that will be lighting up the streets over the festival weekend.

The annual event, now in its eighth year, runs from September 18 - 20, with two alfresco headline performances on the Friday and Saturday.

Kicking off the action on the Friday evening is C’era Una Volta (Once Upon A Time) from Italian company Ondadurto Teatro.

The spectacular multimedia show for all ages draws on fairy tales and legends to create a colourful, enchanting revue combining physical theatre, circus, dance, machinery, fireworks, video and music.

C'Era Una Volta, one of the headline performers at Out There C'Era Una Volta, one of the headline performers at Out There

The cast of fairytale characters come together in a not so predictable story in which the action moves from the everyday to an enchanted world, and takes in everything from a beauty salon to a frenetic office setting and gangster-style Chicago.

Then on Saturday renowned French company Transe Express present Tambours de la Muerte (Drums of Death), an exciting and visually stunning street performance based on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Towering skeleton puppets, stilt walkers and masked drummers take to the night-time streets amidst smoke, dancing and music, building to a grand finale when fireworks will light up the sky.

Alongside the headline performances, Out There will be bringing a full line up of daring acrobatics, aerial stunts, dazzling dance, theatre shows and hilarious walkabout acts to Yarmouth’s streets and parks.

Funky Fidelma, performing in The Garden at Out There Funky Fidelma, performing in The Garden at Out There

Attracting more than 50,000 people to the town each year, it is now one of the country’s largest street arts festivals and has become a key event in the local calendar and an anticipated fixture on the international circus calendar.

The festival also boasts a cosmopolitan programme thanks to Sea Change’s partnerships with groups in France, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium.

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive, said: “The international flavour is part of what makes Out There so vibrant.

“Continental acts bring a new and exciting perspective to the festival, often working on a massive scale – with thousands lining the streets to witness our headline Saturday night performances.”

“Out There refers to our geographic location, out on the edge of the east coast,” he added. “But it is also about the approach we take to programming.

“We always aim to leave audiences with their mouths agape. The memory of something weird and wonderful fresh in their mind.”

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