Giant seafront puppet show will be at centre of arts event

130933a Launching the Orpheus the Mariner giant puppet project, Dawn, left, and Lee Dyson-Threadgold, of the Animated Objects Theatre Company, Wendy Holroyd, centre, of Create, the organiser of Coastival, Mayor Helen Mallory, with Mayoress Joanne Oxtoby, right.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    26/02/2013
130933a Launching the Orpheus the Mariner giant puppet project, Dawn, left, and Lee Dyson-Threadgold, of the Animated Objects Theatre Company, Wendy Holroyd, centre, of Create, the organiser of Coastival, Mayor Helen Mallory, with Mayoress Joanne Oxtoby, right. Photo by Andrew Higgins 26/02/2013

The dates have been announced for the next big, three-day Coastival arts event in Scarborough.

Coastival 2014 will be held on February 14, 15 and 16.

The programme is still being put together but will include music, dance, theatre and activities for young people.

One event that is already pencilled in for the weekend is Orpheus the Mariner, a huge performance, at numerous Scarborough locations, featuring giant puppets and including a record attempt for the largest puppet in the world.

It is being put together by Lee Threadgold and Dawn DysonThreadgold of Animated Objects Theatre Company.

Coastival events are staged by Scarborough-based arts development agency Create. Its director, Wendy Holroyd, said: “We are really excited to be able to stage another three-day festival.

“We had a fantastic response to the one-day events this year an so we are pleased it’s back for 2014.

“Orpheus the Mariner will be something the town has never witnessed before and on a scale that will be breath-taking. It will attract people from all over this country and beyond.

“That will be a fantastic part of Coastival 2014 and we will have lots more besides. A one-day Coastival this February attracted thousands of visitors to provide an out-of-season boost to the town.

Figures show that visitors to Coastival’s A Different View this year was attended by 9,536 people bringing in £150,000 to the town.