Artist Commission – Mereside (Blackpool)/ New West Division Police Headquarters

A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.  LeftCoast

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A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.

 LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.

 The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police.

Please see the full Mereside Artist Brief for more information.

 

ON SALE NOW – Circa: DEPART

DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa. Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour

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DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa.

Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour and is an opportunity to experience circus mixed with dance like you have never seen before.

©Tristram Kenton

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will take you on a path through the vast spaces, iconic features and intimate wooded areas of Stanley Park, transforming one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.

Taking over the Park for just 4 days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.

Led by Yaron Lifschitz, creator of some of the most highly innovative and genre-defying circus in the world, with a creative team including the electronic music legend Lapalux, DEPART brings together acrobats, aerialists, video artists and Fylde Coast community choirs and dancers for an experience like no other.

On a recent site visit to Blackpool from Australia Yaron was looking forward to bringing this production to Blackpool, and Stanley Park in particular, “Blackpool has such a large entertainment context and it will be really interesting to ask the audience to come and see a show in a different way than they are perhaps used to. This will be the fourth place that the show will be performed and it is really great to be able to deliver this in a new and powerful way that this extraordinary site allows me to.”

He continued, “Blackpool is proving to be the place I can make the show I always wanted to make!”

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director at LeftCoast said, “Circa is the most consistently brilliant contemporary circus company and is actually my own personal favourite. Normally you would have to go to a major city or international festival to see them so to have them on our doorstep in Stanley Park is an absolutely fantastic opportunity not to be missed.”

©Tristram Kenton

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online HERE or from The Blackpool Grand Theatre’s box office or by calling SHOWSEATS on 01253 74 33 44.

All performances start at 9.15pm to allow the show to be experienced at dusk.

The show is suitable for ages 11+ and children must be accompanied by adults. The show duration is 75 minutes and will be performed outside, it will involve periods of walking and standing for the duration of the show with limited seating available at the finale. For a list of frequently asked questions please visit DEPART_FAQ

DEPART at Blackpool is part of a UK tour, visit departcircus.com for details.

#DEPARTCIRCUS

Depart is co-commissioned by LeftCoast, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and Brighton Festival.  Supported by Arts Council England.

©Tristram Kenton

For more information please click HERE

To book tickets please click HERE

Prices

Full £12.50

Concessions £10

Under 26s £10

Family of 4 ticket £42 (select 4 adults tickets and enter promo code DEPART4)

Get inspired by the trailer below.

Call for Artists and Performers: SpareParts: On the Move

SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion. For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach

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SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.

For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach Festival of Transport, Cheshire East Council, trAction Festival Crewe, Crewe Town Council and Wyre Council to present SpareParts: On The Move, a touring festival to be featured at three transport festivals.

  • Sandbach Festival of Transport 22nd/23rd April (performance day 23rd)
  • trAction Festival Crewe 8th / 9th July (performance day 8th)
  • Tram Sunday Fleetwood 16th July

Have a look at what happened in 2016 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l03vUQnFXMA&t=1s

THEME: All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.

This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘Future Journeys’ theme.

What we are looking for:

  1. The Great Spare Parts Arts Parade – Artists designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great Spare Parts Art Parade (existing or new commissions)
  2. Spare Parts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.
  3. Spare Partists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
  4. Spare Participation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival (especially but not exclusively to create a community designed mobile scooter display team).

See  HERE for full Brief

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Thursday 9th March at 5pm

By email: sp.festproduction@gmail.com – Please put ‘SpareParts 2017 – Expression of Interest’ as subject header

By post: LeftCoast, FYCreatives , 154-158 Church St, Blackpool FY1 3PS

T: 01253 477973

 

Circa: DEPART

DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa. Coming to Blackpool, 1st-4th June 2017 Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART

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DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa.

Coming to Blackpool, 1st-4th June 2017

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will transform one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.

In Blackpool for just 4 days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.

For more information please click HERE

To book tickets please click HERE

LeftCoast Surgery – new dates

New dates are now available for our popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries. If you are an artist or creative looking for professional development support or just want to talk about your

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New dates are now available for our popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries. If you are an artist or creative looking for professional development support or just want to talk about your creative ideas and how to put them into action.  We can offer advice on how to apply for funding and build the right network of contacts to get your projects underway. Sessions will be 45 minutes long & usually with our Creative Development Manager Jenny Rutter.

For dates and how to book please go to our Things to Do section.

Introducing LeftCoast Studio….

LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will

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LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.

LeftCoast Studio will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.

We’re interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.

Some examples of the types of opportunity we will create include:

  • Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
  • Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
  • Performance & Choreography
  • PR, Marketing & Social Media
  • Documentation, Photography & filmography
  • Front of House, hospitality and audience management
  • Volunteer Co-ordination
  • Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
  • Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
  • Set design & build

We will have opportunities across 3 levels of experience:

  • Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give you a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
  • Assistants – for people who want to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
  • Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!

If you’re interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity, please click HERE and tell us a bit about yourself & attach a CV if you have one.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away, lots of exciting projects are coming up, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have a suitable opportunity to let you know how to apply, or to invite you in for a brief conversational interview.

 

The Academy Workshops

The Academy is an intensive course in professional creative practice – designed to support the needs of local makers, artists and generally creative folk, by giving you the fundamental building

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The Academy is an intensive course in professional creative practice – designed to support the needs of local makers, artists and generally creative folk, by giving you the fundamental building blocks upon which to build a solid professional future.

Developed by LeftCoast, and supported by Super Slow Way, Creative Scene and Heart of Glass, The Academy is open to all creative practitioners but priority will be given to practitioners from within these areas. If you are out of these areas we may still be able to offer you a place and we advise that you contact Jenny Rutter on jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk prior to booking a place.

You can book on the whole Academy programme or ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ from our menu of workshops, which will all be delivered as practical hands on sessions, designed to help you move on to the next step in your creative career.

Workshops will be held in accessible venues across Blackpool and Wyre and we plan to repeat sessions again throughout the programme. If you cannot make a particular date let us know and we will alert you when new dates are announced.

All workshops are full day sessions – 10am – 5pm – however this is the maximum length and some sessions may run slightly shorter. Once places are confirmed we will confirm with more exact timings.

If you are from LeftCoast’s area (Blackpool and Wyre) we will be targeting future applications to our funding programmes e.g. Future Popular and LeftCoast Express, at people who have undertaken The Academy courses. Our aim is that Blackpool & Wyre based artists will be more successful with our future open commission opportunities by completing The Academy programme. Those of you with big plans can then begin the journey to become a LeftCoast Accelerator organisation.

Please register your interest for one of our workshops below on our Eventbrite page

You can register for all workshops or choose the ones you want to attend.

So what’s on offer…

Step 1: Based on the highly successful NESTA Creative Enterprise Tool kit materials, this day long workshop explores the core questions – what it is that you do, why should anyone care and how are you going to make money out of it? With a bit of simple practical knowledge & planning tools thrown in along the way, this session should give you the confidence to take that leap of faith and push your practice to the next level, whether you are just starting out or need a mid career confidence boost to keep yourself motivated.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s very own Jenny Rutter!

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

The Numbers: Making it all add up, financial planning for creatives. Practical guides, simple terminology and take away spreadsheets to help you plan and manage your finances. Includes; basic budgeting, forecasting and bookkeeping for self employment. This works shop takes you on a step by step journey that will leave you less mystified and more confident in dealing with money.

Delivered by world renowned Creative Industries Guru – David Parrish author of T-Shirts & Suits & Chase One Rabbit.

Date: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Navigating the Art World: De-mystifyies the art world and provides concrete ideas for how you might get your work on the radar of the people most pertinent to your practice. It looks at the ecology of the art world from the artist-led space to international art fairs via public institutions and commercial spaces; the roles of curator, gallerist and commissioner and other key players; the strategies and tools for promoting your practice and approaching galleries and curators; establishing and making best use of your networks and provides the background to setting up your own exhibitions. This is a not to be missed chance to learn about where the opportunities are, and how to be in the right place at the right time!

Provided by a-n, the UK’s leading support and advocacy organisation for visual artists and led by curator Lucy Day (Day+Gluckman) – www.a-n.co.uk

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016

Venue: Members Lounge, Wyre Civic Centre Poulton-le-Fylde

Crowdfunding for the Arts: Do you know your Kickstarter from your Indigogo, or your Brickstarter from your Crowdfunder? In a world of austerity and increasing pressure on public funds and grants, what are the possibilities for getting arts projects funded by like minded folk, who are interested in your ideas? What’s possible, what’s not, how long does it take and how do you make a compelling case for funding direct from ordinary people? This workshop will answer all these questions, and more, and introduce you to the 21st century’s answer to arts philanthropy.

Provided by a-n, the UK’s leading support and advocacy organisation for visual artists and led by Hen Norton, social artist, creative producer and co-founder of the crowdfunding platform www.wedidthis.org – www.a-n.co.uk

Date: Wednesday 30th November 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

The Theatre Game: This workshop will take you through the complicated world of performing arts practice. Exploring touring & tour booking, producing, theatre based, non traditional & street performance strands and which are the most useful showcases & festivals to take your work to! We will bring in some special guests throughout the day to pass on their experiences of the performance world and you’ll be able to pick their brains to your hearts content.

Delivered by The Future an up and coming producing company based in Manchester.

Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Creative Ownership: Ever wondered who owns your designs or artwork when you have been commissioned to create something? Have you ever felt short changed by clients or partners when working collaboratively? Do you always feel like you have to accept the terms and conditions offered to you by your client when they don’t seem that good? This workshop explores your relationship with Intellectual Property, what are you generating, how can you protect it, how you can license it to others to make money, as well as how to develop your own contracts to ensure you are setting the terms and conditions under which you operate.

Delivered by world renowned Creative Industries Guru – David Parrish author of T-Shirts & Suits & Chase One Rabbit.

Date: Monday 12th December 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Developing Great Proposals: This workshop uses real world examples of successful & unsuccessful proposals – and aims to unpick exactly what made them good, bad or ugly! Exploring the importance of imagery and language in proposal development and putting your budgeting skills to good use, you will work within the session to develop proposal concepts to respond to a live brief. Attendees of this workshop will be invited to submit a proposal for a dedicated mini commission, with real money attached for the successful applicant.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Artistic Director Michael Trainor & Creative Development lead, Jenny Rutter

Date: Wednesday 11th January 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Social Media Marketing & Promotion: How can you harness the power of social media to promote yourself, your work and develop new audiences? Do you find the world of social media a scary and mind boggling place, or are you as at home on Snapchat, Instagram and Periscope as you are on Facebook and Twitter? What are they all for, which ones should you use, how do you make them work for you and how do you get people to care about what you post? This workshop will explore all of the above – so whether you’re a novice or a pro, there will be lessons to learn about how the social media force can be with you!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s own social media marketing yoda Helen Clay & the Jedi force of 3 Man Factory –https://3manfactory.co.uk/

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Show me the Money: A one stop shop day of practical learning about applying for grants. Our friends from the Arts Council will join us to talk about their Grants 4 the Arts funding programme & we’ll introduce other options for funding through trusts & foundations and other potential commissioning streams. Then we will have a go at turning your ideas into bids – help shape the language, avoid the pitfalls and learn how to read between the lines of the questions being asked by funders to make sure your project proposal will make them take notice.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter & Ayla Suveren of GobSquad fame with a guest appearance from the Arts Council.

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

Communicating with Confidence: Do you struggle to get your point across effectively in groups or meetings? Do you have trouble influencing decisions to go your way? Are you nervous speaking in front of others or doing presentations? Or would you just appreciate a bit of fine tuning of your communication style to make sure you’re the best you, you can be? Delivered by the wonderful Rivca Rubin – whose areas of expertise are in communication and leadership development, conflict resolution and change management, creative thinking and future visioning, this workshop will help you develop the authentic you within professional settings, to become well prepared and resourceful and to speak & listen effectively to inspire others to ask you what you want them to know.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

Date: Febuary 6th 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

The Creative Essentials: Insurance, tax returns, bank accounts, risk assessments, evaluation and monitoring forms etc. There are just some bits of being a professional artist that quite frankly are not very interesting, but we know we need to do them. So if we’re going to do it, we might as well know as much about it as possible, so we can get it over and done with quickly – and actually we might learn some stuff that makes some of the boring bits quite useful and important in our creative practice in the future!

Come armed with questions about the things you need to know, but don’t understand yet, and we’ll aim to answer all those last questions to help you move on from the academy with a spring in your step!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter who promises to make it not boring!

Date: Monday 20th February 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Life After Academy: Once you’ve undertaken all this learning, then you may want some support to put it all into practice, and get you over the inevitable bumps in the road that come your way. Our Action Learning set course will train you in the art of active listening, open questioning, and supportive solutions focused coaching techniques, which you will then put to use in small action learning set groups of your fellow academy participants and a trained facilitator. Action learning set sessions can then take place as often as you like, to help you take your creative practice to the next level through positive peer group support.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

Date: Monday 13th March 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

 

Please note:

Clicking a date does not mean you have a confirmed place but tells us you have expressed an interest. We will contact you by email with actual confirmation if you have achieved a place on your chosen workshop/s or if we need to add you to a reserve list or allocate a different session.

For more information please contact jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk

LAST CALL FOR MOVIE STARS!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT

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Do you dream of being a movie star? Would you like to experience being on a set with full make up, professional film crew and 1950s costume? Then this is the opportunity for you!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT at Blackpool Winter Gardens by world-renowned performance company dreamthinkspeak.

You will be dressed as glamorous guests at a stylish 1950s setting in the world famous Winter Gardens Hotel.

Everyone is welcome especially people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50’s

You will need to be available on the following dates : AUG 17th (for two hours) and AUG 18th (all day) and be 18 or over.

This really is your last chance so if you are interested please contact Regina TODAY to confirm your availability and costume size. reginacoulon@live.co.uk

First come, first serve. This is your time to be a star!

About ABSENT

Tristan Sharps’ exquisite promenade installation leads theatregoers down the deserted corridors of an imaginary hotel into a mysterious maze-like underworld.                                                                                                                                                                           THE GUARDIAN

Fleeting, maddening and unbearably heart-rending.                                                                                                                                    THE TELEGRAPH

A beautiful work in terms both of what it puts together and how, and of what it leaves for us to fill ourselves.                            FINANCIAL TIMES

 A requiem for both a place and a person, “Absent” is at once absolutely compelling and deeply sad.                                         NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Changes at LeftCoast

Two members of the LeftCoast team, Executive Director Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager are moving onto new opportunities. After nearly three years Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan

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Two members of the LeftCoast team, Executive Director Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager are moving onto new opportunities.

After nearly three years Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan will be moving on from LeftCoast at the end of July. Julia helped create LeftCoast’s vision, organisation and overall programme of work while Kerenza developed and led the innovative creative engagement programme across Blackpool and Wyre .

Julia said, “LeftCoast has been a great opportunity for me to be part of a collective programme of cultural change, working with a team of passionate people to accelerate growth in aspiration, skills and importantly audiences.  The role of the arts has never been more important as a platform to bring people together in times of change.  Arts Council England’s investment in Creative People and Places across 21 areas around the country has been a pivotal step in making sure “Great art” can be experienced by “everyone”. I have had the privilege of working on some extraordinary projects with some exceptional people over the last three years and I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next in Blackpool and Wyre.”

Kerenza said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast and to be given the opportunity to work with the wide variety of artists, community groups and creative individuals across Blackpool and Wyre. In my time there has been some fantastic work produced and more importantly some crucial relationships formed between artists and communities. I have loved living and working on the Fylde Coast it is a special place for both myself and my family. I look forward to coming back regularly to see what you are all up to.”

John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing said, “Julia and Kerenza have played pivotal roles in developing Left Coast as an organisation to help raise the profile of arts across the Fylde coast. More people than ever are engaged in new and interesting artistic activity and the skills base has been developed to ensure the area continues to see new developments in  the arts. They can both be proud of the impact they have made and the firm foundations they leave behind as they move on to new opportunities.”

Michael Trainor will continue to lead the LeftCoast Programme moving forward.

Both Julia and Kerenza will be missed by the team and they depart with all our good wishes for their new endeavours.

VOLUNTEER AT ABSENT

We are recruiting front of house clerks to be part of ABSENT.

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ABSENT is a piece of theatre being created in the Winter Gardens, in and around the Pavillion Theatre, by internationally acclaimed company dreamthinkspeak, led by Tristan Sharps. ABSENT takes you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

We are recruiting front of house clerks to be part of ABSENT. Front of house clerks are a crucial and integrated element of the performance, ensuring that the installation looks and feels authentic. You will be operating in the foyer areas of the building, which will be dressed as a hotel reception. You will help collect tickets, direct the audience and ensure that the performance runs smoothly.  Most importantly, you will be “in role” as hotel staff. You will be provided with a costume and full training will be given. There will also be a workshop with the Artistic Director to familiarise you with the performance, your role and the set.

There is no script to learn and prior acting experience is not necessary, however, it is integral to the success of the performance that you are able to fully commit to the role and assume the identity of the Usher whilst participating.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed company, renowned for producing ground breaking and evocative theatre. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in theatre, enjoy acting, or would just like to do something exceptional and exciting; this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Specifics:

  • 4 hour shifts
  • Full training and costume provided
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Training is on 13th and 14th of August, 2pm to 7pm. You must be able to make one of these dates.

Show dates:
Please apply even if you are only available for some of these dates.
19 to 25 August
12-16 September
25 to 29 September

For more information or if you would like to participate, please email info@leftcoast.org.uk.

 

SpareParts returns to Tram Sunday!

The UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel is back with a bang this year! The SpareParts Arts Festival will be once again be

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The UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel is back with a bang this year! The SpareParts Arts Festival will be once again be bringing a dizzying display of acts of motion, movement and wonder alongside incredible vintage vehicles as part of the ever popular Tram Sunday on Sunday 17th July.

The fun has already been full steam ahead with weeks of works from varied participation events. Young people in West View Estate have been working with one of our artists to create a unique motion installation that will form an integral part of the events in Memorial Park. The Windmill Players have imagined an exciting new interactive performance that will take place on board a tram and young people in four local schools have been working with Mobility Scooter owners to redesign the Scooters to represent the owners’ dreams as part of the final parade.

As communities across Fleetwood have geared up for their involvement in Tram Sunday we have been asking people to reflect on their ‘Most Memorable Journeys’. Don’t forget to catch a special sound installation in the SpareParts ‘Junk Yard’ which has captured the transport dreams, horrors and many comedy journeys from the people of Fleetwood.

As well as all the work happening on the ground, various acts of magic, mayhem and momentum have been confirmed from the sea to the sky and everything in between. You won’t want to miss a pyrotechnic showband, skating bees, a sea monster from the depths of the ocean and the Bullzini Family’s 8m high wire spectacle which will close the day’s events in Memorial Park at 4:30pm.

See our full programme here – https://issuu.com/leftcoastuk/docs/spareparts_full_proof/1

 

Julia Turpin, LeftCoast’s Executive Director said, “We are absolutely delighted to be part of Tram Sunday again this year, it is a great partnership between all involved including LeftCoast, Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Arts Council England, Wyre Borough Council, Regenda, sponsors and of course our local community.

“We have been blown away by our inspiring volunteers again this year, without whom we wouldn’t be able to put on SpareParts at the level of activity we do. We have also worked with hundreds of local participants in workshops leading up to SpareParts, making pieces for the Super Scrap Race and learning new skills.

“We have an ambitious arts programme with even more acts than before, there is such a wide variety of artists and performances ranging from street theatre and spray painting to acrobatics in Memorial Park. We are looking forward to the future and working with our partners on making this exciting event continue as a flagship event on Fleetwood’s calendar.”

Adam McGuigan, SpareParts Festival Director, said, “I am delighted to have been able to work on such an exciting project, it really is a unique festival. I am inspired to see we have been able to work creatively with partners to bring a high quality range of performances, all with a transport theme, to the Festival and in particular the SpareParts Super Scrap Race!

“The Festival has had two successful years and Ive really enjoyed working with the Festival committee to make this year’s SpareParts even better than before!”

This year we have five exciting ‘zones’ for you to immerse yourself, try a new skill or sit in awe:

The Junkyard (Memorial Park) –

The SpareParts village, where audiences can experience a wide range of performances to transport them from Tram Sunday into a wild world of motion, mayhem and fun. Activities happening all day from 11am until the final performance at 4:30pm  

Zone 2 (Lord Street and Warrenhurst Road) –

A brand new stage has been erected in Lord Street (near Warrenhurst Road). All day there will be a continual display of local musical talents. Local bands, singers and performers will be on The Garage Band Stand showing the best of Fleetwood’s bands.

Zone 3 (Lord Street) –

All along Lord Street we will have some of the most colourful characters entertaining the crowds all day. From the curvaceous Boom Booms to skating bees and the infamous Lollipop Ladies, the town will come alive with these mesmerising visitors.

Zone 4 –

A stage has been erected on Pharos Place where audiences will be treated to a mixture of local, national and international performances remembering our most memorable journeys. A wild mix of performers will keep audiences entertained at ‘The Pitt Stop’. Come and take a break and let our performers do the work.

Off the Rails – Kid’s Station (Euston Gardens) –

A first for Tram Sunday ‘Off the Rails’ takes over Euston Gardens to create a space exclusively for the under 10’s. Circus, Dance, Craft and Drumming workshops will be ongoing throughout the day. This is also the place to hear the famous story of the last mermaid in Fleetwood. ‘Off The Rails’ will also host ‘Planes, Trains and Rubber Rings’ an interactive adventure for the imaginative under 10’s.

Finally don’t miss the SpareParts Super Scrap Race at 3:30pm, described as Wacky Races meets The Tour de France, where a varied array of transport contraptions, characters and collaborations vie to win the first ever Super Scrap Race starting from Euston Gardens at 3:30pm to Memorial Park. Join the end of the race and witness who wins first prize.

PAID USHER ROLES FOR ABSENT

We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT. Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices

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We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT.

Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices to discover the route as they go. Along the route, Ushers will be in costume and “in role” as members of the hotel staff. Although there is usually no direct verbal interaction with the audience (unless initiated by an audience member who might need help) the presence of each member of staff is crucial to the surreal and slightly unsettling effect of the whole experience.

The health and safety of audience members is a crucial part of the role (full training provided). There will also be a workshop with the artistic director which will focus on “in role” audience management and developing a sense of presence.

– 4 hour shifts

– Full training provided including health and safety

– ROP is National Living Wage.

– Please only apply if you are 18+ years of age.

Important dates below. Please note you must be available on one of the training days.

Training

2 – 7pm August 13th/14th

SHOW DATES

*Please apply even if you are only available for some of the dates. The maximum amount of shifts available per person is 4 per week.

The show is on all day and the work is in 4 hour shifts.

19th – 25th August

12th – 16th September

25th – 29th September

We are very sorry we cannot offer these shifts to those already employed at The Grand Theatre.

Please send a cover letter and CV to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by 10am on the 25th July 2016

 

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