There are exciting plans afoot for Ramsgate communities this summer as performance company Looping the Loop announce plans for a new summer festival “On Your Doorstep” which will happen in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate this summer. The non-profit company, which was established in 2007, has been raising funds for an entertaining programme of activities in 2021 and is delighted to have received support from Ramsgate Town Council, Arts Council England, and Kent County Council.
‘On Your Doorstep’ will be a festival of events, created in partnership with local people and happening in public spaces. In Ramsgate, Looping the Loop will work in partnership with local artists and residents living in Newington, to deliver a free event inside an empty shop on Ramsgate High Street. Other events will be staged in Broadstairs and Cliftonville West. The company will be offering several artist commissions as part of ‘On Your Doorstep’ and will also be recruiting a new Outreach Director shortly.
With this support, Looping the Loop will also expand its ‘School of Acting’ - a youth theatre, which was de-veloped out of Theatre Royal Margate’s existing Youth Theatre early last year, in partnership with Your Lei-sure. The group is led by Ramsgate local, Darren Hill - an experienced theatre practitioner who has worked on Theatre Royal's existing project for almost 10 years. Classes have operated via Zoom since April last year. However, with lockdown restrictions easing, ‘School of Acting’ is expecting to resume physical clas-ses inside Theatre Royal Margate very soon. To celebrate the return to live theatre, Looping the Loop are offering a free ‘School of Acting’ taster session for young people from Ramsgate and Thanet aged between 11 and 16 years.
Existing Ramsgate-based projects, FLEX and Theatre Network Thanet will continue in 2021 - offering local theatre and performance professionals free opportunities to network with other practitioners, receive men-torship and “flex” their creative skills. These sessions will be reviewed and reconfigured to ensure that they are fit for purpose in the new post-lockdown world.
Suzy Humphries, Looping the Loop and Ramsgate Arts Director said: “Despite the most difficult year, we have kept going, and we’re so pleased to have the support of local and national funders to enable us to take things one step further, working even more closely with local communities to deliver an exciting events pro-gramme for Ramsgate”
Looping the Loop is a non-profit Community Interest Company led by Directors Ellie Jones and Suzy Hum-phries and specialising in live performance. Its core mission is to bring magic and wonder to local communi-ties on an everyday level by popping up in public spaces such as High Streets, parks, and shopping cen-tres. The company also operates a micro-theatre inside a 1970’s caravan, called the #MadventureVan. The group are often best known for their collaborations with Nearly Normal Theatre Company to produce excit-ing street theatre creations - such as the Christmas Elves at Ramsgate’s 2019 Light Switch On, or the Daring Explorers at Addington Street Fair. During lockdown, Looping the Loop and Nearly Normal brought theatre to the doorstep, with a series of micro performances by Thanet’s Dog Agility Team, and in April this year delivered one of the UK’s only “Doorstep Panto’s” to over 30 households in Ramsgate.
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