Autumn looks fruitful for Thanet-based theatre and performance group Looping the Loop.
Thanet performance company, Looping the Loop CIC, launches their new programme “On Your Doorstep” – an exciting series of site-specific events for the public, taking place in Thanet’s three principal towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs. The focus of “On Your Doorstep” is to bring live performance even closer to local communities – popping up on residential streets, Ramsgate High Street, and in public outdoor spaces such as parks. There is also a strong emphasis on co-creation with communities, so that more local people can have a say in what shows take place.
Over the last few months, residents from Newington have been working closely with a local artist to create a new piece of performative work to take place later in September inside a vacant shop on Ramsgate High Street. Details of the show are now available via Looping the Loop’s website www.loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk.
Meanwhile, at Looping the Loop’s School of Acting, young people have been taking the lead in designing a spectacular public event to celebrate Theatre Royal Margate’s participation in Heritage Open Days Festival 2021 on September 11.
Director, Ellie Jones, explains the project: “at School of Acting, it is not just about teaching young people how to act but also an effort to strengthen creative leadership skills amongst Thanet’s youth populations. Heritage Open Days is a one-day takeover at a Grade II* listed theatre, and we’re tremendously excited to see what happens when young people take the reins and design their own public event.”
Theatre Royal Margate is the UK’s second oldest theatre and the site of the very first acting school – set up in 1885 by legendary actress Sarah Thorne and also called ‘School of Acting.’
With funding from Kent County Council and The Gibbons Trust, Looping the Loop have been working on initiatives to diversify School of Acting’s alumni – addressing some of the barriers which prevent young people from attending classes, such as poverty and language difficulties. The team is currently raising funds to recruit a bi-linguist to support students from Autumn 2021 in order to make the school accessible for migrant children who do not speak English easily. Looping the Loop is always keen to hear from prospective students and their families and where possible will offer free places to students from low-income households.
Looping the Loop is always interested to hear from people interested in joining our fabulous team of volunteers.
The organisation wishes to thank Ramsgate Town Council, Arts Council England, The Gibbons Trust, and Kent County Council for funding these programmes, as well as our partners at Theatre Royal Margate.