Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington, Filey, Withernsea and Hornsea continue to host The Odyssey on the Yorkshire coast


‘Epic’ is a way of describing the Yorkshire coast, so it’s only fitting that it hosts a modern retelling of the Odyssey.

And the wait is almost over for the final part of the story.

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Whitby Beach. Photo by James Hardisty.

The stories have come to life on film and as an audio app, featuring over 500 community members, enjoyed in tandem with the landscape of the Yorkshire coast.

The final part is The Survivor, one of the most anticipated elements of the project – a giant puppet in the form of a woman, which will tour towns along the coast.

The visual performance, which includes artwork, music and lyrics as it arrives at each location, tells the story of a teenage girl displaced by the Trojan Wars.

“It gives the impression that Homer’s Odyssey always had the Yorkshire coast in mind,” says Kerry Carruthers, chief executive of the Yorkshire Coast BID business group.

Lee Threadgold, Art Director of Animated Objects, in Staintondale near Scarborough working on giant puppet heads for use in The Odyssey. Photo: Gary Longbottom.

“It has been fantastic to be involved in such a creative project and to see it come to life over the past three years. We’ll document the trip with behind-the-scenes footage and filming clips from the activity to show the scale and hard work that has gone into this project.

She said the project would not have been possible without “hundreds of residents, businesses and community organizations taking this to heart.”

Local groups, including guides, have been involved in making a special blanket that the puppet will wear and in each town it visits.

Animated Objects is a Scarborough based theater company run by husband and wife team Lee Threadgold and Dawn Dyson-Threadgold.

Lee trained in puppetry and community engagement at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht in the Netherlands and later met Dawn at the Stephen Joseph Theater in Scarborough, where she worked as a company manager for ten years, alongside Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Over the past five years, the duo have worked with over 40,000 participants and produced performances enjoyed by tens of thousands in public venues.

They had to put together a full proposal to secure funding for The Odyssey – which follows Odysseus, the poem’s hero, on an epic journey as he attempts to return to his beloved homeland – from the Yorkshire Coast BID and the he ambitious project had been going on for three years. in the making.

Last year, they worked with local artists to create a traveling exhibit of a thousand origami paper ships, each featuring images inspired by the coast.

Dawn says, “We have such incredible coastline and countryside and that’s why we chose to tell such an epic story in this unique and spectacular landscape.

“The story of ‘The Survivor’ is beautiful, relevant and important, which shows the kindness with which everyone should be treated. The performances will really help bring the stories and culture to life on the coast. Keep an eye out on even more to come.

Survivor will travel to Withernsea on Friday April 29; Hornsea on Saturday April 30; Whitby on Sunday May 1; Filey on Monday, May 2 (public holiday); Bridlington South Bay on Friday May 6th and Scarborough South Bay on Saturday May 7th. The survivor will also tour the area in an open-top bus, traveling through rural areas between Spurn Point and Staithes on Sunday May 8.


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