Great Yarmouth SeaChange Arts circus call

SEACHANGE Arts is looking for young people from across Norfolk aged between 13 and 25 to take part in an exciting new circus project.

Participants will work with professional artists to produce a new piece of street theatre which they will then perform at the region’s largest free international festival of street art and circus, the Out There Festival.

They will also be given the chance to explore and research the circus and entertainment heritage of Great Yarmouth to use as inspiration for the piece.

Participants can chose whether to take part in either the heritage or performance side of the project, or both.

The Heritage sessions will take place on July 25, 27 and 29 at the Norfolk Records Office in Norwich. Participants will be shown how to create a contemporary circus archive and receive training in oral history.

Spaces are limited to 10 per session, and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

In order to help with their research, SeaChange Arts is looking for local people who have memories of the circus in Yarmouth and willing to be interviewed by the young people.

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Memories can be about anything at all to do with the circus. The memories will be stored in a permanent archive at Norfolk Records Office, and will be used by the young people to inspire the creation of the new circus performance. The interviews will take place in Yarmouth on August 2 and 4.

Performance workshops will run at the Priory Centre in Yarmouth on August 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 30 and 31, and on September 4 and 11. Participants will work with professional artists to create the piece to be performed at the Out There International Festival of Street Arts and Circus 2011.

The young people will also have the opportunity to attend workshops with the UK’s leading contemporary circus company, No Fit State Circus, to learn skills including aerial, acrobatics and juggling.

These sessions will take place in Yarmouth on September 13, 14, 15.

The final performance will take place as part of the Out There Festival on Sunday, September 18 in the town’s St George’s Park.

To request an application form for the project, or if you would like to share your memories of the circus, contact Laurie Miller-Zutshi at SeaChange Arts on 01493 846187, or email