Delight as giant seafront project wins cash backing

Lee and Dawn Threadgold

Lee and Dawn Threadgold

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A project which will see 
giant puppets and hundreds of people take part in a performance on the seafront has been awarded Arts Council cash.

Scarborough-based theatre company Animated Objects is behind Orpheus the Mariner and its directors Lee and Dawn Threadgold aim to create the world’s largest puppet as the centre piece.

“It’s going to be huge. This will be a community performance, featuring hundreds of performers and volunteers, giant puppets, live music and lantern parades,” said Lee.

It will be performed on February 14 and 15 as a lead up to the Coastival Arts Festival.

“It will also feature an attempt at the largest puppet ever built, as the climactic scenes feature a 80ft tall colossus that will stand over the Valley area of the town.

“This is fantastic news and a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds from the Yorkshire coast and Ryedale to be part of something truly awe inspiring,” said Lee.

“The support of Arts Council England will help us bring this gigantic piece of community theatre to life.”

There’s all sorts of ways to get involved. The company needs makers, musicians, performers, stage management and technical teams and Luminaries – who will ensure the event runs smoothly.

The company is also looking for local sponsorship to pay for transport and workshops.

To get involved email animatedobjects@mac.com