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Producers Looking for Performers, Makers & Volunteers to Get Involved in Community Project


The first puppets from a sparkling illuminated production which will take place on Scarborough’s seafront early next year have been unveiled – and the producers are looking for performers, makers and volunteers to get involved in this community project.


The Song of Leviathan, a story of heroism, treachery and adventure set in the frozen north, will be a highlight of the town’s annual arts festival, Coastival, which next year takes place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February.

Featuring a host of giant puppets, live music, a procession on the beach, online shadow puppetry and a huge community cast, this epic story of a great mechanical whale comes from Animated Objects, the company that brought the dramatic Orpheus the Mariner to Coastival in 2014, and created the London 2012 Inspire Mark Sporting Giants project, which brought 23 York primary schools together to celebrate the visit of the Olympic Torch to York.

Artistic directors Lee Threadgold and Dawn Dyson-Threadgold are holding community auditions in Scarborough later this month for anyone who wants to get involved: at Woodend Creative Space from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 27 November, and at Scarborough Library from 10am to noon on Saturday 28 November.

Lee Threadgold says:

"You must be at least 16 years old to audition, but you don’t need any prior experience. We’re also hoping to hear from groups or organisations which would like to be involved."

"We need people for a series of drop-in sewing and makers’ bees in the months leading up to the production; people who can help to bring the puppets to life during the performances on 12 and 13 February; and volunteers to help with the running of the production and its many associated events generally."

As well as the main production and workshops, there will be a host of supporting events, including the opportunities to take part in puppetry masterclasses with Lee, join a mass colouring-in of a huge seascape, and see all the puppets close up in a daytime procession along Scarborough’s South Bay beach (all 13 February).

The theatre company has also been working with over 1,000 schoolchildren from across the county to create an online shadow puppet version of the story, to be launched over Coastival weekend.

To book a place at an audition session, please email animatedobjects@mac.com or call 01723 378906. For further information, please visit the Animated Objects website: animatedobjects.co.uk
For further media information, please call Lee or Dawn on 01723 378906.

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