Volunteer performers sought for Poole Maritime Festival event


Volunteer performers are being sought by local theatre company Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre to be part of Cargo, a live contemporary performance which forms part of the Poole Maritime Festival in May.

Starting on Poole Quay a beautiful old sailing boat ‘The Queen Galadriel’ sails into port and a crew disembark, unloading their unusual interactive ‘cargo’ as they dance, sing, and move in procession, sharing stories from above and below the flowing waters and revealing the wisdom and heritage of maritime life along the way. 

“We are looking for 35 enthusiastic, friendly and committed people who love to dance, act, move and sing –  or anyone who would simply like to walk with us and share the heritage of Cargo with audiences.” explained Hazel Evans from Valise Noire. “We’re hoping to find people with a range of abilities to join us who can bring their own creativity into the making of this fabulous show.”

Free workshops to create the show and recruit volunteer performers will take place in April, with those chosen returning for a series of rehearsals ahead of the performances on Poole Quay on 18 and 20 May.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take part in an exhibition launch performance at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on 25 May. A specially constructed exhibition space will enable visitors to find out how the Cargo project was brought to life and discover the maritime heritage that inspired it. The free exhibition will run from 25 May to 25 June.

Stephen Wrentmore, Artistic Producer for Lighthouse said: “Cargo provides a great opportunity for the whole community to get involved. We’re delighted to be hosting the exhibition here and celebrating such an important project highlighting Poole’s maritime heritage. “

For more information and to register your interest in being a volunteer performer visit www.valisenoire.com/events


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