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.

The production was initially choreographed in 2015, and is being re-staged in 2018 with new school groups and cast. Performances can be seen at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival on Saturday 26 May 2018 (7.00pm) and Sunday 27 May 2018 (3.00pm)

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. 

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

2018 Production Credits: 

Artistic Director & Choreography: Lucy Bennett

Assistant Choreographer: Siobhan Hayes

Executive Producer: Sho Shibata 

Project Producer: Charlotte Mackie 

Stopgap Dancers: to be confirmed

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