The Seafarers (2015, 2018, Outdoor)

An image of the seafarers. Hannah Sampson dances with inclusive theatre company members from Highbury College

★★★★ A lyrical ode to the ocean - The Guardian

The Seafarers is a large-scale outdoor dance production, involving Stopgap dancers and members of the local community, to bring to life the vivid music of acclaimed contemporary-folk band Moulettes

The Seafarers celebrates our relationship with the sea and the journeys we make across it. Part gig, part spectacle, the 50-strong cast travel to and from distant lands with a seafront as the backdrop.

Original production commissioned and co-produced by Portsmouth Festivities in 2015 with support from Arts Council England. Norfolk performances supported by Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Project Partners: DanceEast and The Garage with support from Spirit of 2012 and D'Oyly Carte Foundation. The Free Outdoor Programme in Norlfok was supported by The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust and The Geoffrey Watling Charity.

Click here to see the impact the original production had in Portsmouth, and here for Great Yarmouth.

So many people have commented on how fantastic, inclusive and accommodating the company is for all ages, abilities and disabilities. The performance was a joy to watch and a cultural extravaganza for Great Yarmouth, which has never experienced anything like it. We can’t praise you all highly enough - Former Headteacher of Caister Junior School

2018 Production Credits: 

Co-Choreographers: Lucy Bennett & Siobhan Hayes

Assistant Choreographer: Siobhan Hayes

Executive Producer: Sho Shibata 

Project Producer: Charlotte Mackie & Dougie Evans

Danced and Devised by - Kat Ball, Amy Butler, Christian Brinklow, Amelia Clark, Siobhan Hayes, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Nadenh Poan, Hannah Sampson, David Willdridge

Community Groups: Caister Academy; Dancing Dimensions; The Garage D4Dance Group; John Grant School and Parkside School 

Community Dance Teachers and Assistants: Caroline Acres; Katy Dunne; Xenoula Eleftheriades; Alysha Hudson; Tommy Norris; Abby Page and Anna Rowe

Theatre Design: Anna Jones (Curious Space)

Music by: Moulettes

Original 2015 Production Credits: 

Co-Executive Producer: Samantha Worsey (Portsmouth Festivities) 

Project Producer: Callum Graham 

Stopgap Dancers:  Kat Ball, Helen Bendell, Lucy Bennett, Laura Dajao, Siobhan Hayes, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Hannah Sampson, Tomos Young and David Willdridge

Community Groups: Abstract Performing Arts and Highbury College