A feast of films, theatre and spectacular performance will entertain visitors to this year’s Coastival arts festival in Scarborough.
Organisers have lined up everything from giant puppets to innovative theatre and fascinating films for Coastival when it runs from 12th to 14th February.
- Animated Objects Theatre Company will present the Song of Leviathan, featuring a host of giant puppets, live music and a beach procession during the weekend.
- Highlights will include two performances of the Song of Leviathan in the Spa Sun Court on Friday 12th from 6.30 to 7.30pm and Saturday 13th from 6 to 7pm. This will feature giant puppets telling the story of the great mechanical whale Leviathan.
- Then on Saturday, from 1.30pm The Voyage of Leviathan will see the whole cast of puppets take to the South Bay beach for a spectacular procession, not to be missed.
- ‘Have I Got This Wrong?’ sees Louisa Claughton explore, through stand-up, spoken word, visual and live art the concept of gender.
- The performance is on Friday 12th February from 7.30pm at The Studio Gallery, 5 Belle Vue Parade, Scarborough.
- ‘It’s Where We Go’, provides an opportunity to don a pair of headphones and enjoy an immersive archive celebration of Scarborough and the seaside at a variety of locations around the town. Performances will set off from Scarborough Town Hall at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm on Saturday 13th.
- The Stephen Joseph Theatre will stage two performances of ‘The Last Supper’ on Sunday 14th February at 6pm and again at 8.30pm. Described as “part performance, part meal” it tells the story of the last moments of the famous and not-so-famous.
- Following on at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, there will be ‘What the Sea Saw’, in the SJT Restaurant from 7 to 8pm. This is a reading of a brand new play by Helena Fox, set in Scarborough’s fishing community and performed by professional actors and a small community cast.
Film fans have lots to look forward to, when the Stephen Joseph Theatre is the venue for a variety of great movies.
- Treats kick off with ‘The Mambo Kings (15)’ on Friday 12th from 8pm, starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.
- Then on Saturday 13th at 2pm there’s ‘Genius within - the inner life of Glenn Gould’, a documentary on influential Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
- Later, at 5pm, ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom (12)’ is an Oscar-winning documentary on the lives, careers and dreams of backing singers.
- And at 8pm there’s the thought-provoking story of Amy Winehouse: ‘Amy (15)’.
- On Sunday 14th February at 2pm, there will be ‘20,000 Days on Earth (15)’ – a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician Nick Cave, followed at 5pm by ‘Searching for Sugar Man (12+)’, a documentary on the search to find mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller Rodriguez.
Film tickets are £7 or £12 for two films, £14 for three and £22 for six.
Director Wendy Holroyd said: “Fans of theatre, film and performance will be well served at Coastival. From the spectacular to the innovative and thought-provoking there’s a rich variety on offer.
“And as usual with Coastival, the emphasis is on the different and the unusual with a chance for audiences to see and experience things they won’t have done before.”
Copies of the Coastival 2016 programme are now available from Woodend, Scarborough Spa, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Mojo’s, the YMCA, The Street, the Rotunda, Scarborough Library, the Art Gallery and a host of other cafes, shops and galleries.