Photos: Charlotte Graham
THURSDAY 7, FRIDAY 8 AND SATURDAY 9 JULY 2022
Co-Produced by ARCADE and The Stephen Joseph Theatre
The streets of Scarborough are filled with stories, Memories of those who have gone before us and promises of things yet to come. Working with the local community we captured these stories, hopes and dreams, turning them into a unique performance in unusual indoor and outdoor locations in Scarborough town centre.
Each of the stories, written and told by our community cast members were audio recorded, allowing you the chance to experience them after the show.
15 artists employed
51 free workshops
15 local venues
Participants aged 14-88
6 artforms covered in workshops: poetry, textiles, photography, film, song writing & theatre
90% of project budget spent in Scarborough borough
100% match-funding raised
3 sold out shows
Scarborough Stories was written and performed by the people of our town, directed by professional artist Rebecca Denniff. The project was born out of over 50 free and accessible workshops for people who live in Scarborough, covering Poetry, Textiles, Photography, film, Song Writing and Theatre. Over 200 participants were involved in creating the show on a local level.
'Scarborough people are so full of passion for the place...I wanted to find the true Spirit of Scarborough, and help to reveal it for our audiences.'
Lead artist, Rebecca Denniff
The streets of Scarborough are filled with stories. Memories of those who have gone before us and promises of things yet to come. When the shutters go down at the end of the working day, the Spirit of Scarborough awakes and brings these stories to life.
Tales of friendship and solidarity, bravery and identity, loss, love, recovery and resilience were told at various locations in the town centre by the people who lived them.
Audiences travelled the streets, guided by the people who know them best, and experienced a side of Scarborough that only showed itself for three special performances in July.
This unique performance took place in unusual indoor and outdoor locations in Scarborough town centre and was written and performed by the people of our town, directed by professional artist Rebecca Denniff.
Find out more about Scarborough Stories from Arcadian and Scarborough Stories Guide, Shan here.
You can see the Scarborough Stories programme below:
Scarborough Stories is co-produced by ARCADE & Stephen Joseph Theatre with support from CaVCA, North Yorkshire Library Service, Scarborough Museums & Galleries and funded by Yorkshire Coast Bid and Arts Council England. Scarborough Stories is a Yorkshire Coast BID project.
Behind the Scenes
Bek Homer of Radio York covered behind the scenes of Scarborough Stories on her Monday evening radio show. Click below to listen.
All rehearsal and performance venues were wheelchair accessible. BSL interpretation and audio description during performances was also available.
Scarborough Stories was co-produced by ARCADE & Stephen Joseph Theatre with support from CaVCA and funded by Yorkshire Coast Bid and Arts Council England. Scarborough Stories was a Yorkshire Coast BID project.