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Coasters News

Check out the latest news, case studies and event information on our Coasters project.

Graffiti in Motion

Audience development project in Great Yarmouth

As part of Out There 2016, SeaChange Arts ran a digital urban art project  for local young people with Brazilian artists, VJ Suave.  Check out the case study here: SeaChange Audience Development Project Case Study

Following Dismaland

Fiona Matthews of Theatre Orchard takes a look at the future of Weston-Super-Mare's Tropicana

Tropicana is Weston-Super-Mare”s iconic 1930s lido, once the largest outdoor pool in Europe, which fell into dis-use from 2000.   In 2015, Banksy”s Dismaland kick-started a renaissance for this seafront space.

Creative Producer of Coasters Partner, Theatre Orchard, Fiona Matthews talks about how the Tropicana and Coasters can help reinvigorate this seaside town on the Bristol channel.

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Focus on Worthing

When the Circus came to town...

The realm of street arts and circus is a new direction for Coasters partner, Worthing Theatres.   Traditionally a venue based organisation, 2016 saw them host their first ‘Summer of Circus” with a dynamic mix of indoor and outdoor circus and street arts shows.

Summer of Circus combined free participatory events alongside ticketed productions, including two Coasters shows; Gorilla Circus” Altitude (along with trapeze workshops for the public), and Acrojou”s Frantic.

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Welcome to Our New Partner!

East Suffolk Council Joins the Network

Newly formed East Suffolk Council, a merger of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, will be raising the economic and cultural profile of Lowestoft and Felixstowe  by bringing Coasters supported world-class street theatre and circus to these towns. With the wealth of collective knowledge in coastal arts programming, the Coasters consortium looks forward to supporting East Suffolk”s stride into cultural regeneration.

Councillor Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and  Councillor Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Economic Development & Rural Affairs share their plans for Coasters development in their area.

‘Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council are thrilled to be involved in the Coasters Network, as this will help reinforce the work in Lowestoft and Felixstowe around place making and to boost pride, community confidence and aspirations across our communities.   Joining the Coasters Network is very timely, with both Councils preparing to merge and create a new single district council for the area of East Suffolk.     There will be a great deal of preparatory work to be done to ensure a smooth transition to the new council and through joining Coasters there will be opportunities to share learning and support the vision of the new Council.

‘Circus and street performance will take place at the new event space (formerly old boating lake) in Felixstowe and potentially at Lowestoft Ness.   Activity at the new event spaces will help embed them as community assets and build an association with by providing high-quality art activities. This will enable residents and visitors to experience the coastal landscape in a different way and transform the way they interact and value it.   There is also an opportunity to have street performers add to the offer of the Lowestoft Festival and start to raise its profile and its potential as a regional event.   There is real opportunity to develop audiences in both Felixstowe and Lowestoft and engage with our communities which will help shape an enhanced cultural offer in both towns.’


Coasters Artists

SeaChange Artists in Residence Make it onto Coasters Tour

Dizzy O”Dare is a contemporary circus and theatre company established in 2009 by artistic directors Alana Jones and Michael Imerson. They have created a diverse range of work, which have toured extensively, delighting audiences across the globe.

Alana trained in Dance Theatre at Laban and then Circus Theatre (specialising in tightwire) at Circus Space (now the National Centre for Circus Arts). Michael started as a musician and went on to train as a performing artist at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). While at Circus Space, Alana recruited Michael to play classical guitar to accompany her tightwire act during her final performance project in 2007, and their first piece Anon was created. Anon was performed at the Fuse Medway Festival 2008 and this led to a commission for a new outdoor theatre and circus show, From The Inky Deep, which closed the Fuse Medway Festival 2009, and thus the company was born.

Since then the company has evolved and created a number of works, from the sublime to the silly, going from strength to strength. Alana continues to perform solo and duet tightwire for cabaret and corporate events and Michael takes acting roles in TV, radio and theatre, but their main passion is Dizzy O”Dare, creating new work and pushing their artistic creativity and vision.

In 2016 the company became resident artists at SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth. Here they are helping to engage the local community  through workshops and performances while developing new shows and projects. For SeaChange they have already programmed several successful cabarets and events, and tripled the number of classes offered – many of which are already at full capacity.

Dizzy O”Dare are very excited to be part of the Coasters network – their work has always been able to excite and charm audiences of low engagement, aiming to enthuse the audience members who may never go to a theatre and do not realise they are witnessing theatre, circus or art. Being part of the coasters network is to be among the top UK and International circus and street arts companies creating new work today, it is a badge of honour, and it is a joy for Dizzy O”Dare to bring their unique, colourful and eclectic work to the coast.

Dizzy O”Dare have two shows in production for 2017, an indoor piece RISE (supported by the Arts Council England & House Theatre) and a new walkabout Baba Yaga”s House (Supported by Without Walls, The Out There Festival & Norwich and Norfolk Festival). They have several other projects on the boil and the creativity of Dizzy O”Dare continues to gain momentum.

To find out more about the company, visit their website;