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Be the Voice of a Huge Talking Head: Artists Look for Scarborough Stories

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Three giant talking heads will come to life as part of the next Coastival event in Scarborough – and you could give them a voice!


The artists behind ‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ are looking for people who want to share their local stories, memories or opinions on Scarborough.

Their recorded words will then provide the voices for three, large translucent heads magically lit by projections.

Their faces will then be provided by audience members who will have their own face filmed at the three evening sessions and then see themselves “speaking” via lip-sync, the pre-recorded Scarborough words.

It will be just one of an exciting line-up of events, concerts and art commissions lined up for Coastival 2016, from 12th to 14th February.

Coastival’s organisers, Scarborough-based arts development agency Create, say ‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ art installation is likely to prove a big draw.

Director Wendy Holroyd explained:

"The artists, Impossible Theatre, are looking for people’s stories, observations, memories and opinions about the best things in the area that they can record on audio tape and later cut into short soundbites."

"There will be three heads so they can also record people in twos or threes and they want people from all backgrounds, perspectives and ages to add their stories, songs, memories or recommendations."

"They want to record conversations, opinions, jokes and anecdotes and want to hear about sunsets and seagulls, wind and wave, tides and trains, moors and moods, walks and whelks, swimming, fishing and football."

"They particularly want someone (or a small group) to sing Scarborough Fair! Can you help them paint a sound picture of Scarborough?"

To be a part of the Many Faces of Scarborough please contact Create on 01723 384545 or email wendy@create.uk.net

Coastival 2016 returns to the three-day format and has the theme ‘Celebrating the Yorkshire Coast’.

The Many Faces of Scarborough is one of four commissions chosen to provide something new and exciting during Coastival.

Wet Sounds Scarborough’ will see an event performed at Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool and the audience diving in to the water to enjoy music, sounds and images under and above the surface.

‘The Prison Project’ will transform the disused prison off Dean Road, Scarborough, into our very own Tate Modern. It will be a visual arts project using contemporary work inspired by the prison.

‘A Light to Guide’ will be a lit story trail through the Spa gardens and South Cliff. Working with children from East Ayton Primary School, the story will be transformed into an eco-friendly installation with each sentence illuminated, guiding visitors on an evening adventure.

The rest of Coastival will see a mix of music, theatre, fine arts and events for children and young people.

Rock band Cast will headline with a concert at the Spa Grand Hall on the evening of Friday 12th February, supported by Two Skies.

Popular saxophonist Snake Davis will play at the Spa during the afternoon of Saturday 13th February, supported by Jazz Aesthetic.

Asian Dub Foundation will headline at the Spa on the evening of Saturday 13th February, supported by Project 12.

Tickets for all the concerts are on sale now via the Spa box office and Coastival website at www.coastival.com As well as individual tickets, two special ticket offers are available, one covering the whole weekend’s music, the other for the Saturday only.
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