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    It’s a Wrap 2017!

    The much-anticipated third year of the Thurrock 100 walking festival started on Friday 7th July in Horndon on the Hill and built to a well- attended finale on Sunday 9th July at Coalhouse Fort which provided the perfect natural amphitheatre. Thurrock’s Mayor, Cllr Tunde Ojetola and Stephen Metcalfe MP took part and were treated to performances re-telling tales of Thurrock’s most notorious ...

    On July 11, 2017 / By
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    Thurrock 100 Tales Photo Gallery

    Here are a selection of the best photos from Thurrock 100 Tales 2017! Photos from all years are also to be found on the GALLERY PAGE. Thurrock 100 Tales 7-9th July 2017.  All photos by Mike Johnston. ...

    On July 9, 2017 / By
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    Thurrock 100 2017 Opens Today!

    Booking links for all walks are HERE. The much-anticipated third year of the Thurrock 100 walking festival starts at 7pm today in Horndon on the Hill. It kicks off with a leisurely stroll around this historic village, hearing tales of the colourful inhabitants and its historic buildings. It includes ‘The Forger’s Tale’ a humorous, theatrical performance of a story inspired by two ...

    On July 7, 2017 / By
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    Thurrock 100 Tales Flyer is out now!

    Here are the lovely new designs for Thurrock 100 Tales for 2017! This year, walks feature local tales told in true irreverent Thurrock style by the Complete Commedia Company with costumes by students from South Essex College. The individual walk pages give a hint of the tales told on each one, come and join us to discover local history like you have never ...

    On June 22, 2017 / By
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    Bookings now live!

    How exciting! All routes are confirmed and performances set, for the Thurrock 100 Walking & Talking Festival 2017, 7-9th July! Rehearsals have commenced, costumes are being sewn and mischief is being planned! Local stories will be played out in front of your very eyes, all told with a wonderful comedic interpretation of actual historical facts! Places are FREE but please book your place as numbers are ...

    On May 23, 2017 / By
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    Specially Designed Costumes! Fabulous costumes for the performances are currently being designed by Kinetika and students of South Essex College on the Costume Construction Degree, based at High House Production Park. The characters of the show with specially designed and constructed costumes are: Il Dottore as William Green –  the lead character in “The Forger’s Tale”, played by Sarah Flavio as Tomas Bata the ...

    On May 18, 2017 / By
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    New for 2017! In 2017 the walking festival included the exciting addition of specially dramatised local stories and songs performed by the Complete Commedia Company. Amongst others, there were tales of Forgers, Shoemakers and what happened at Cash’s Well, all told in the irreverent comedy style of La Commedia dell’Arte with a very Thurrock flavour. Photos from the performances can be found on ...

    On April 19, 2017 / By
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    Characters of Commedia Dell’Arte

    What is Commedia Dell’Arte? Originating in Renaissance Italy, but achieving popularity across Europe, Commedia Dell’Arte is a special type of improvised comedy. It involves stock characters – comic servants, young lovers, self-important pedants and soldiers – each one recognisable by stylised costumes, masks and exaggerated gestures. Troupes of Italian players may have travelled through London in the 16th century, and Shakespeare drew ...

    On April 19, 2017 / By
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    More News – Thurrock 100 2017

    More details of the Thurrock 100 2017 programme have just been announced. All 2017 walk details and locations can be found HERE. Local arts organisation Kinetika is delighted to announce that the Thurrock 100 walking festival will return in 2017 as Thurrock 100 Tales.  The walking festival will take place over 7-9th July 2017 in a number of locations around Thurrock, with ...

    On April 3, 2017 / By
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    Thurrock 100 Returns for 2017

    Save the date! The wonderfully popular Thurrock 100 festival will return for its third year with some exciting additions! Dates for the diary are: Fri 7th July, Sat 8th July, Sun 9th July. More details can be found HERE.  To keep up to date easily, follow Thurrock 100 on social media:  TWITTER or FACEBOOK In the meantime, grab your copy of the Thurrock 100 ...

    On March 14, 2017 / By
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    Thurrock 100 Stories: The Book!

    ORDER YOUR COPY HERE. As part of the ‘Thurrock 100 Stories’ project Kinetika gathered 100 stories about local history.  The stories were collected by writer Laura Trevail, and 100 corresponding silk flags were designed by Artistic Director Ali Pretty and artist Jacci Todd. All 100 stories and the flags that illustrate them have been collected in the colourful, beautifully-produced book, along with historical ...

    On September 15, 2016 / By
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    IT’S A WRAP!

    THURROCK 100 STORIES PROJECT ENDS WITH MASS PERFORMANCE AT COALHOUSE FORT 1700 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN 21 WALKS OVER 10 DAYS MORE THAN 3,000 PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT OVERALL This year’s Thurrock 100 Stories project ended on Sunday with a colourful mass performance by over 100 Thurrock schoolchildren from across the borough who used the 100 batik silk flags created in the course of ...

    On July 19, 2016 / By
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    100 Stories

    Interactive Story App   Over the past three months, artists Laura Trevail and Jacci Todd have been working with communities and schools all over Thurrock to collect 100 great stories about Thurrock, and we’re pleased to be able to share the first of them here. Click the button above to enter, and then click on the pins in the map to find ...

    On June 24, 2016 / By
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    Festival Finale!

    On Sunday 17 July at 1:00pm, more than 150 students from 11 Thurrock schools will come together in a spectacular finale at Coalhouse Fort. The young people have been working with the leading choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles, one of the London 2012 dance directors, to create their own dance ‘greeting’ using all the Thurrock 100 Stories flags.  Please do join us for this fantastic and colourful event! You ...

    On June 23, 2016 / By
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    2016 Walking Festival

    Thurrock 100 2016 was a walking festival with a difference – 10 days of walks and talks exploring Thurrock’s rich (and sometimes forgotten) heritage as told through 100 stories that you could meet along the way. This year’s walks ranged from 1 mile to 12, from gentle evening rambles to more strenuous weekend hikes, with 21 walks of different lengths, durations and difficulty, plus ...

    On May 3, 2016 / By
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    Opportunity for media students – closes Monday!

    We’re offering a limited number of students the opportunity to work on Thurrock 100 Stories as part of a small digital team that will be given practical advice and experience on how to learn use film, photography and audio recording in a real-world context, and how social media can be used to expand the reach of live projects to a bigger local, national and even international audience. Training, ...

    On April 7, 2016 / By
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    Thurrock 100 Stories launched today

    Purfleet-based arts organisation Kinetika today visited Chadwell St Mary Primary School to launch its new creative community project, THURROCK 100 STORIES, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England. The company is calling for local people of all ages to get involved in a variety of different ways. THURROCK 100 STORIES aims to collect 100 great ...

    On March 15, 2016 / By
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    Arts Council England supports Thurrock 100 Stories

    Kinetika is very pleased to announce today that Arts Council England has pledged its support for the Thurrock 100 Stories project. The Arts Council funding is in addition to a grant already secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and means that the company will be able to work with schoolchildren and Thurrock residents on an additional creative project to complement the heritage ...

    On February 26, 2016 / By
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    Purfleet-based arts organisation Kinetika has today announced that it has been awarded £64,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project building on last year’s Thurrock 100, THURROCK 100 STORIES. Working with local historians and heritage volunteers, as well as 20 schools and 20 community groups from all over Thurrock, THURROCK 100 STORIES will identify and share 100 stories about ...

    On December 15, 2015 / By
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    Totally Thames comes to Tilbury

    We’re delighted to be part of  Totally Thames, a festival that celebrates all things relating to the River Thames. Now in its third year, this year’s Source to Sea River Relay began on 15 August when a small bottle of water was collected from the source of the River Thames in a field near Kemble in Gloucestershire.  For the past month, the bottle has ...

    On September 21, 2015 / By