Looping the Loop

This Autumn, Looping the Loop have been busy launching our Arts Council-funded programme, “On Your Doorstep”, which is all about bringing live performance opportunities into the heart of Thanet communities.


During September and October, Ramsgate artist Annie Sutton, delivered a project called ‘Feast of Hope’ in Newington, inviting local people from the area to come together and cook up a theatrical event in Ramsgate town centre, to accompany a delicious menu by Newington Big Local’s award-winning community chef, Mike Spackman.


In Broadstairs, we brought the circus to Queens Road Baptist Church for an October half-term show headlined by Canterbury based physical comedy theatre company, ACA, who presented their new clown show “We All Wobble.”


The third and final instalment of the “On Your Doorstep” series takes place in Cliftonville this November and launches on bonfire night, Friday November 5, with a free street disco event on Athelstan Road (from 4pm – 6pm). The project, which is called “Your Dream Disco”, invites Cliftonville residents to dream up a big local party for their area over three Monday night workshops in November led by three established artists Carli Jefferson, Anna Symes and Jodie Cole (collectively known as Margate Movement Artists). The final free event will take place at Cliftonville Community Centre on Friday November 26, 7pm – 10pm. Everyone is welcome!


Another exciting project to look out for this year is PACT (Performing Arts Collective Thanet) – a new network for local performance professionals including artists, writers, directors, designers and stage managers. Membership is now open, based on a “pay what you can” system, and includes professional development workshops, peer mentoring, directory listings, and advertising opportunities. The initiative is a reworking of Looping the Loop’s existing CPD programmes and headed up by our incredible Ramsgate based artist, Estelle Rosenfeld.


We’re also delighted to be launching junior acting classes at our youth theatre, ‘School of Acting.’ Classes will take place on Tuesdays (4:30pm – 5:30pm) for 7-11-year-olds. They focus on ensemble building, introductions to improvisation and storytelling. The school is currently based at Theatre Royal Margate – home to the UK’s first ever acting school!


Our new juniors will also work on a small curtain-raiser as part of School of Acting’s big end of year show this December, led by our seniors and titled “When this is over.” To find out more or apply to our youth theatre programmes, please contact [email protected].


Finally, don’t miss Looping the Loop’s current street theatre projects. Our pirates and bears are playing games, dancing and singing, and generally making mischief at Westwood Cross every Saturday and Sunday during the day. Plus, on Sunday November 28, our much-loved cheeky Christmas Elves are back at Ramsgate High Street bringing the festive cheer as we see the much-welcomed return of Ramsgate’s annual Christmas Light Switch On.


Visit the Looping the Loop website for details on all of these projects more.

Read CommunityAd’s last interview with Looping the Loop here.

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