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Gladys spreads word about a spicy show

PUBLISHED: 19:25 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:59 03 July 2010

SOMETHING fishy is going on in Great Yarmouth, especially in the Market Place, where there are visitors with heads like sea creatures.

Acle grandmother Gladys Harrison has designed a slightly nightmarish poster to advertise a spicy, Latin-style carnival event entitled C-Attack!

And it is likely to be the highlight of the resort's Out There festival.

SOMETHING fishy is going on in Great Yarmouth, especially in the Market Place, where there are visitors with heads like sea creatures.

Acle grandmother Gladys Harrison has designed a slightly nightmarish poster to advertise a spicy, Latin-style carnival event entitled C-Attack!

And it is likely to be the highlight of the resort's Out There festival.

Theatre company Dende has begun rehearsals with a cross-section of local people from schoolchildren to pensioners to put on a colourful spectacular throughout the first three days of the festival, from October 29 to 31.

More than 60 performers, including professional actors as well as locals, will don costumes to tell a story of sea creatures invading from the ocean to take over the town.

Three samba bands, puppets and striking masks will add to the spectacle.

Montserrat Gili, the Spanish artistic director of Dende, which was formed in London 10 years ago, said: “Our work is normally on stage, so this is an exciting departure for us to perform outdoors.”

Her Brazilian co-director, Andre

Pink, said: “Dende is literally a Brazilian spice, used in rich

dishes in north-east Brazil, and that reflects what we do.”

He explained how sea creatures would be popping up to surprise people all over the town, then at 6pm on Friday, October 31, a grand show in Market Place would tell the whole story.

Andre said: “We will be making use of a wide area, from the market stalls themselves to the playground of St Nicholas Priory Middle School.”

Dende is keen to recruit more people aged nine or over to take part. As well as performing in costume, there are other opportunities from operating puppets to helping to make sets, props and costumes. Contact Corrina Giles at SeaChange Arts on 01493 846187 for details of rehearsal times.

Retired radiographer Mrs Harrison, 72, will have the honour of seeing her poster with her name on it around the town and further afield. A member of Yarmouth Guild of Artists, she said she had started drawing as a three-year-old when she was in hospital for a year while she had a deformity of her feet corrected.

Pizza Hut worker Liam Lewis, 26, of Riverside Road, Gorleston, was the poster competition runner-up with a cartoon-style illustration inspired by his love of The Simpsons.

SeaChange Arts has put together the programme for Out There, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 visitors to Yarmouth.

The £180,000 event also includes a tightrope walk 15 metres above Market Place by the internationally renowned Didier Pasquette at 6pm on Saturday, November 1. The grand finale will be an international music day on the Sunday with artists from all around the world performing in a giant marquee in Market Place.

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