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Packed programme ahead as Great Yarmouth prepares to host biggest ever Out There festival

PUBLISHED: 08:01 31 July 2014

Gandini Juggling will be bringing their award winning show Smashed! to the Stars Showbar. Picture: submitted

Gandini Juggling will be bringing their award winning show Smashed! to the Stars Showbar. Picture: submitted


Breathtaking circus stunts, incredible acrobatic displays, glittering cabaret and a multicoloured dance spectacle will come together in Great Yarmouth for an arts extravaganza – which the public are invited to take part in.

Highlights from this year’s programme

Silver Lining, The Hippodrome – Jugglers, aerialists and acrobats sing, fly, spin and throw their way through a feel-good explosive show.

Friday, September 19, 7.30pm. Tickets, £10, available from 01493 844172 or online at

Artonik’s The Color of Time, outside the Marina Centre – In a huge theatrical parade, dancers and musicians move towards a huge finale. The audience will be invited into a riotous explosion of colour and joy, painting the sky with bursts of powdered paint.

Saturday, September 20, 5pm.

Hallali, Sealife Centre Gardens – Embedded in a gigantic ship-like structure, six trapeze artists soar and fly in a dizzying, constantly accelerating experience.

Saturday, September 20, 9.45pm and Sunday, September 21, 8.40pm

Dynamite and Poetry, St George’s Park – Four acrobats deliver an explosive performance to literally make you jump out of your seat as they blow up the stage with the Russian bar, Chinese pole and teeterboard.

Saturday, September 20, 11.50am and 2.30pm and Sunday, September 21, 11.30am and 4.15pm.

L’Hotel (The Smallest Hotel in the World), St George’s Park – Delightful circus street theatre from one of the UK’s leading all female companies.

Saturday, September 20 1.05pm and 4.15pm and Sunday, September 21, 1pm and 3.30pm.

Gandini Juggling, Smashed!, Stars Showbar – A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre Smashed is a series of nostalgic scenes exploring conflict, lost love and quaint afternoon tea.

Saturday, September 20, 7pm. Tickets £6, under 16s £4, family £15, available from St George’s Theatre on 01493 331484 or at

The Out There festival has been a high point on Yarmouth’s entertainment calendar since 2007 and this year’s line up promises to be the best yet with the largest roll call of acts to date.

The five-day circus and street art gala takes over the town from September 17 – 21, and excitement is already building as organisers Seachange Arts this week release the jam-packed festival programme.

Around 50 acts will put on 150 performances at outdoor spaces across the town including St George’s Park, Regent Road and the Market Place, and head indoors for some special ticketed shows at St George’s Theatre, Yarmouth Library, Stars Showbar and the Hippodrome.

And this year local people are being urged to become part of the line up as Seachange is recruiting almost 1,000 residents to get involved in the fun by participating in shows, creating special Out There decor or supporting and staffing the festival.

How you can get involved

Seachange Arts is recruiting nearly 1,000 local people to be a part of this year’s Out There.

Five hundred people are being sought to join in the fun of headline show The Color of Time, while 200 volunteers are being recruited to form a European choir and flash mob as part of the Looking For Paradise Garden.

Acoustic musicians are also needed to play in the smallest venue in the world, Folk in a Box. Auditions are being held by Seachange before a performance on September 18.

French street arts troupe Les Cubiténistes will be creating amazing décor for the festival and crafty residents can help out at the Drill House.

Stewarding, publicity, show support and customer services roles are also avaiable.

To find out more or to sign up, visit and follow the ‘Join In’ links or contact Laurie Miller-Zutshi on 01493 745458 or via

Joe Mackintosh, Out There’s artistic director, said: “The community have always been an integral part of Out There.

“This year, we’re just doing it on a grander scale. People can sing, dance, create and join in as part of some of the key shows, really making this year’s festival their own.”

Highlights of this year’s line up –the bulk of which is free – include The Color of Time by French group Artonik, which sees artists and 500 members of the public combine to reinvent the traditional Indian Holi celebrations by performing in a choreographed carnival parade – complete with rainbow coloured Gulal powder.

Homegrown Great Yarmouth performer Tom Gaskin will be making a triumphant return to the resort when he performs in Silver Lining, a showcase of some of the UK’s brightest young artists.

Les Philebulistes will be presenting their show Hallali on the seafront. Picture: Tadej Gregl Photography Les Philebulistes will be presenting their show Hallali on the seafront. Picture: Tadej Gregl Photography

Stars Showbar, the former Regent Theatre, is also joining the fun when it hosts a Saturday night programme of cabaret, performance and music which includes a crowd pleasing performance from Gandini Juggling, who will present their award-winning show Smashed.

And Compagnie Les Philébulistes, one of France’s most exciting young circus companies, is bringing a massive ship-like rig to the seafront for their dizzying acrobatic spectacular, Hallali.

Mr Macintosh said: “The programme this year is breathtaking. Bigger and broader than anything we’ve done to date.”

For more information about the festival visit The full programme will be available from tomorrow, including from the EDP’s Yarmouth office.

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