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SeaChange Arts and Dizzy O’Dare host a free tightwire and clowning workshop at The Drill House.


Wednesday 10 May at The Drill House


SeaChange Arts and Dizzy O’Dare

Local young performers will have an opportunity to explore two staple circus disciplines when Seachange Arts’ resident company, Dizzy O’Dare host a free workshop, ‘The Wire & the Clown’ on Wednesday 10 May.

The workshop will offer 12-18 year olds the chance to take their first steps on the tightwire and explore the theatrical world of the clown.

Dizzy O’Dare have been resident company at The Drill House since August last year and have appeared at the Out There Festival on a number of occasions.  The company is made up of partners, Alana Jones and Mike Imerson.

Mike is a trained actor and street performer, Alana, a dancer and tightwire artist, who graduated from Laban, London and the National Centre for Circus Arts.

“This is a super opportunity for young performers to work with professional artists,” says SeaChange’s Siobhan Johnson.  “They’ll get try out some signature circus skills and learn how to develop drama around the tightwire.”

“They don’t need any circus experience.  Anyone with a dance, theatre or gymnastic background would benefit from it.”

The workshop forms part of a programme of work around Dizzy O’Dare’s new show ‘Rise’, which is being developed at The Drill House and will be performed there in October.  Produced by Seachange, the show is a semi-autobiographical light-hearted exploration of Mike and Alana’s experience working as performers and living as a couple.

The Wire and the Clown workshop takes place at The Drill House on Wednesday 10 May, 5.15-6.45pm.

The workshop is free, but places are limited and should be booked in advance. Dizzy O’Dare’s Rise is performed at the Drill House on Saturday 21 October.

Both can be booked online at

Both events are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

About SeaChange Arts:

Great Yarmouth based but collaborating internationally, SeaChange are an independent arts development charity dedicated to delivering outstanding Circus and Street Arts events.  Working as the arts development and promotion agency for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, we also run creative projects of many kinds.

Our focus on Circus and Street Arts grows naturally from this seaside town’s rich performance heritage and provides us with an accessible medium for all kinds of projects, interventions and activities.

Throughout the year, we work with communities, schools, producers, artists, festivals, and local and international partners on a number of projects, sometimes intimate, sometimes immense – but always inspirational!

Much of this work is showcased each year at the Out There Festival.  Produced by SeaChange, Out There is now the region’s largest free festival of street arts and circus and regularly attracts audiences in excess of 50,000 people.

SeaChange Arts’ key partners:

Great Yarmouth Borough Council – SeaChange is contracted to be the arts development and promotion agency for Great Yarmouth Borough Council.  We work closely alongside all council departments to deliver an effective and exciting provision for the borough’s residents.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £0.85 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Grants for the Arts is Arts Council England’s open application funding programme. It invests National Lottery money to support activities that engage people in the arts and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work.


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