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Roll Up to be Miss Informed

Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography

Are you prepared to meet ‘Miss Inform’, hostess and guide for the most extraordinary tour of South Beach Blackpool you can imagine?

A master of misinformation, Miss Inform is a highly visible and entertaining character, offering you an alternative view of Blackpool’s local history and urban myths. By explaining to you her ‘true facts’ about South Beach, the people that have lived there, past and present, the buildings and landmarks, the stories and sayings, Miss Inform encourages you to see the place differently, ask questions and find out the truth behind the mis-information she is providing.

Outlandish and outrageous, look out for her passing through, chat to her at the Miss Information point on the Promenade at the corner of Waterloo Road, or sign up for a free guided walk and receive a badge for joining her marvellous tour.

Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography
Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography

As part of LeftCoast’s Neighbourhoods Programme, community group South Beach Beacons commissioned artist Jenny Wilson from Irregular Arts who has been working with them on developing this piece of street theatre that will take place over the summer season. Her script has been devised specifically for South Beach, Blackpool, after talking to local people.

Chris Aitken-Graham, of The Queen Victoria Guest House, from South Beach Beacons said, “We really wanted to showcase how unique and interesting our neighbourhood is. As soon as we heard Jenny’s ideas we were hooked! It is wonderful to allow people the opportunity to explore the area in such a mischievous and imaginative way.”

The characters and the tours touch on the fascinating history of the area leaving participants asking what the real truth is, providing a mesmerizing insight into the area’s history.

Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography
Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography

Artist Jenny Wilson, said, “I am so delighted to be working in South Beach. I’ve always loved Blackpool and I’ve met so many wonderful people with stories to share about the past and present. South Beach is an area that is so much more than meets the eye, with lots of hidden gems – so I really hope people will come on a tour and see it from a fresh angle. The tours are a fun way to spend 30 minutes or so, and we’ve got badges for everyone that comes along too.”

Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast, said: “The South Beach Project is part of a group of neighbourhood commissions that we are working on this summer and beyond. They are all very different and South Beach is unique in that it has a street theatre element to it. All of the groups we have worked with to develop the projects have been so involved– really making the decisions and leading the work.

“The process we follow is led by the community groups so they develop the commission brief and select the artist, seeing their enthusiasm and excitement for finding the right artist to fit their community is fantastic.”

Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography
Miss Inform by Jill Reidy Red Snapper Photography

#missinformblackpool will take place on the following dates (subject to weather, Miss Inform will not perform in heavy rain) over the summer – 23 and 24 July, 7 and 8 August, 3 and 4 September and 17 and 18 September. On all days there will be four tours taking place at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Whilst the performance is not created specifically for children, it is suitable for all ages.

Tours are bookable on our website – www.leftcoast.org.uk via the Events section. All tours are free but donations are welcomed and will go to South Beach Beacons. Tours will start at the Miss Inform-ation Point on The Promenade at South Beach (corner of Waterloo Road, FY4 1AF).

The South Beach Beacons will also be running village fairs on the Waterloo Headland, on three of the dates, Monday, 8th August, Sunday 4 September and Sunday 18 September. Join them for a Big Knit with free knitting and crochet tuition, children’s games, stalls and afternoon teas.

If you want to get more involved the South Beach Beacons are recruiting volunteers to accompany Miss Inform on the walks to hand out badges, talk to interested members of the public and general audience management. You don’t need to available on all dates and if you would like to know more please email [email protected].

Anyone can become a member of the South Beach Beacons and join in with activities. Find out more on their website at www.southbeachbeacons.org. For more information about Jenny Wilson and Irregular Arts please visit www.irregulararts.com

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