The Seafarers (2018, 2015, Outdoor)

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

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 Great Yarmouth seafront as the backdrop.

In 2017, thanks to generous funding from Spirit of 2012, weekly dance groups were set up in Norwich and Great Yarmouth developing skills for young people with and without disabilities in the local area.

These groups have been reherasing and training for a new production of The Seafarers at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival on Saturday 26 May 2018 (5.00pm) and Sunday 27 May 2018 (3.00pm).

The performances will be the result of a year’s hard work by 5 local dance groups from John Grant School, Parkside School, Caister Academy, D4Dance, and Dancing Dimensions.

The production was initially choreographed in 2015, has been re-staged in 2018 with new school groups and cast. 

Funded by Spirit of 2012 and The D’oyly Carte Charitable Trust

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. 

Norfolk performances supported by Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The Free Outdoor Programme is supported by The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust and The Geoffrey Watling Charity.

Click here to see the impact the original production had on the local community.

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 Only: 

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