All aboard… Coastival gets on the right track
Festival catches railway theme
All aboard… organisers of the next Coastival arts event in Scarborough hope they are on the right track with a collection of new performances based around the town’s iconic railway station.
The station itself and the old parcels’ office nearby will provide the backdrop to music, poetry and performance during Coastival, on 18th and 19th February.
The unique settings are all part of Coastival’s desire to bring the arts to new and unusual venues for its 2017 festival.
‘Platform 3’ will be a series of performances throughout Saturday 18th February, from 11.30am to 4pm at the railway station.
This will include music and performance by students from Scarborough School of Arts, in ‘The Underground Express’.
Then ‘Poetry on Fire presents Rebirth!’ will feature the work of musician poet Sarah Dew and poets Jane Sudworth and Felix Hodcroft.
Completing the station line-up will be ‘From Hull to HELL to Scarborough’ an exploration of the mysterious side of a trip by rail across the Wolds and featuring performers ‘The Hull to Scarborough Line’ – Sue Wilsea and Felix Hodcroft.
At 3.30pm on the Saturday there’ll be Songlines with community musician Sam Dunkley, the first performance of a new song created by youngsters at a workshop in the Spa earlier in the day.
The venue switches to the Old Parcels’ Office on Sunday afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm, for ‘Tracks by the Tracks’, a series of diverse musical performances from Lazlo, Connor and Nathen and AC3.
Also on at the Old Parcels’ Office is ‘Transit’, a group exhibition of international, established and emerging artists, showcasing contemporary work in a range of media from sculpture and painting to video and installation, from 10am to 5pm on both days.
Coastival director Wendy Holroyd said: “The theme for Coastival 2017 is ‘the unexpected’ and what could be more unexpected than to find top quality performance and music in and around your local railway station?
“We fully expect the events at Platform 3 and at the Old Parcels’ Office to be amongst the highlights of Coastival in February!”
Mike Drewery, Station Manager at TransPennine Express said: “We are delighted to be working with Coastival on such an exciting event. Our customers regularly connect with the coast and now they can experience music, art and performance as part of their journey.”
Under Coastival’s “unexpected” theme, visitors will see artwork, music and performances in unusual locations as the event breaks with people’s expectations of traditional arts festival venues.
Most of the events are free but some need paid tickets and those tickets have just gone on sale.
These include ‘Riders to the Sea’, a live performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ one-act opera at Westborough Methodist Church on Saturday 18th at 7.30pm and Sunday 19th at 2.30pm.
Tickets are also required for the Market Hall Myriad of Music and Madness at 9pm on the Saturday. This promises entertainment amongst the market stalls, including ‘local musicians, Glastonbury performers, a professional comedy compere and Edinburgh-fringe super-hero, Pun Man’.
Tickets for A Magical Afternoon Tea, served on the Sunday at 1pm and 3pm at Phoenix Court, include close-up magic as well as tea and tasty cakes.
On both days a Horrid History Walk will set off from the blue police box on Sandside at 4pm for a tour of Scarborough’s darker past, for which a ticket will be needed.
The Stephen Joseph Theatre is the venue for ‘A Kidnapping’, a farce that ensues when a kidnapping goes wrong. Tickets for this performance, at 3pm on the Sunday, are available from the SJT website or via a link on the Coastival site.
For more information on Coastival visit www.coastival.com