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Speakeasy on the Streets of Sunderland

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Speakeasy on the Streets of Sunderland

Southpaw Dance Productions By Southpaw Dance Productions

We want to bring spectacular dance to the streets of Sunderland with an augmented reality trail of our new show, "Speakeasy", a nostalgic tribute to the golden era of Hollywood.

Sunderland Idea stage

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"Speakeasy on the streets" will bring Sunderland's city centre to life, with a trail of augmented reality performances to visitors to find. Think Pokemon Go but with dancers! Speakeasy is a nostalgic tribute to the golden age of Hollywood, a dance spectacular, set in the roaring twenties, that energises audiences with its fusion of swing, contemporary and hip hop. Originally designed for conventional theatres, we want to unleash the energy of Speakeasy onto the streets of Sunderland. We'll work with professional dancers and community groups to create the performances, capture them digitally and create a trail around the streets of Sunderland for everyone to enjoy, whenever they want.

What we'll deliver:

  • Work with community dance groups and dance students to create the choreography
  • Capture the performances for an augmented reality trail
  • Install the augmented reality around the streets of Sunderland
  • Launch the trail and gather feedback

Why it's a great idea:

It will enable everyone who visits Sunderland city centre to enjoy a visual spectacle, whenever they want to. It will empower community groups in Sunderland to participate in and lead cultural activities. It will embed culture in the very streets of Sunderland with no barriers to access.

Steps to get it done:

  • Recruit community groups
  • Teach them the choreography
  • Film the performance
  • Transform into augmented reality
  • Update the Southpaw app
  • Launch!


Location Sunderland

About the space

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Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,430

Professional fees - app update and trail design - £3,500 (64%)
Professional fees - choreography - £1,000 (18%)
Volunteer welfare - £500 (9%)
Other - £430 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

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Professional fees - app update and trail design
Professional fees - choreography
Volunteer welfare
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • More work with community groups
  • More AR assets on the trail

Total £5,430

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