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A-Ha! Take On Me sets Oasis in a 1980s world

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A unique 80s-themed theatre project set in Alive Oasis Leisure Centre in Hunstanton is about to begin, and the delivery partners behind it want members of the community to get involved!

Take On Me is a new show by innovative theatre company Dante or Die, in partnership with arts and community charity Creative Arts East.

It’s set in the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers, and the story will lead the audience through the leisure centre changing rooms and an aerobics class, ending at the swimming pool.

Live musicians will belt out new versions of classic 80s hits such as Faith, Love Will Tear Us Apart, and of course Take On Me.

The aim of the project is to involve members of the local community, and the team behind it are looking for participants to play some of the key roles, participants to take part in an aerobics workout featured in the shows, and people to help backstage with hair, make-up, costumes and technical.

There are voluntary roles to suit everyone – no prior experience is necessary.

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creative arts (4411801)

The rehearsal and performance week is Tuesday, November 20, to Sunday, November 25, with times to be arranged around the availability of those taking part. The only requirements are that participants are over 16.

There will be drop-in information sessions during the week commencing October 1 in the Alive Oasis café, for potential participants to ask any questions and register their interest.

There will also be aerobics, dance and drama workshops that week where people can come along to try out the roles and routines being performed in the show.

Info sessions at Alive Oasis cafe: October 1, 6-8pm; October 2, 10am-12pm;October 4, 2-4pm.

Workshops at Alive Oasis Leisure Centre: Dance/aerobic workshop on October 3, 12-1pm (location TBC), drama workshop on October 4, 6-8pm (squash court), drama workshop on October 5, 2-4pm (aerobics studio).

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creative arts (4411799)

For more information on the project or the upcoming sessions, please contact Debbie Sands on debbie@danteordie.com or visit the events on Creative Arts East’s Facebook page.

Dante or Die makes bold and ambitious site-specific performances that tour across the country and internationally. They gently transform ordinary spaces to create unique and intimate theatrical experiences.

Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, their original productions interrogate and celebrate contemporary human stories that take place in everyday buildings – from hotel rooms, to swimming pools, to cafés.

Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity, working in Norfolk, Suffolk, and the wider East of England.

The vision is to create culturally vibrant, connected and motivated communities, to fight social isolation and increase wellbeing. They do this by helping people access high-quality arts experiences, specifically focusing on those who might find it difficult to participate in the cultural life of their area.

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