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The Electric Sunshine Project (TESP)

The Electric Sunshine Project* CIC (TESP) was formed in July 2016 

We are a collective of high-quality workshops, events, projects and performances, primarily produced in Blackpool, that seek to engage those who are least connected to the arts and which can be taken elsewhere.

Innovation; actively different from much of the commercial-entertainment offer currently available in the area but inspired by the local people, places and things we will engage in dialogue with other touring companies and venues regionally, nationally and internationally.

Illumination; responding to the needs of the local community, offering new light by which we see ourselves, the society we live in and the world at large; learning, self-expression and self-reflection and the connection between healthy mind, body and spirit are at the core of everything we do.

Opportunity; supporting the development of emerging artists as well as linking with established industry experts, all activities are offered at reasonable rates to locals and regularity of service ensures the growth of long-term relationships and a stronger creative community.

The organisation is led by Melanie Whitehead and three directors;  Alan Hulme, Kieran McGuinness and Stephen Dunstan who meet quarterly. We seek to be informed by the needs of the local community and have an Advisory Group who provide advice and guidance plus a pool of Associate Artists who bring with them a broad range of skills.

All members of TESP with regular/direct contact with young people hold a DBS certificate with online updates. Most practitioners have some form of First-Aid training and all are contracted to adhere to our Child Protection and Health & Safety Policies. Practitioner information is available on request at point of contract.

Generic risk assessments have been carried out for the main body of our activity and these are available to view.

We aim to work within organisations and venues’ own policies and procedures.

*In 1879, Blackpool became the first municipality in the world to have electric street lighting – they called it ‘Electric Sunshine’. This new CIC aims to capture the essence of the aspirations for Britain’s best loved seaside town from those glory days and, through innovative attitudes to the arts, reinvent a small corner of the North West. x


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We offer a variety of different programmes on a regular basis which are all free of charge and aimed at adults in Blackpool and the surrounding areas. Currently running is:

Electric Soul Singers: singing for wellbeing group
(every Tuesday 1.30-3pm) usually at The winder Gardens but over the summer we are in Talbot & Brunswick Children's Centre on Gorton St.

From September we will be offering:

The Electric Moonlight Project: 6-week making project using recycled materials aimed at families, young people & adults
(Tuesdays 3 September-15 October 6-9pm at New Life Community Centre, Queen Victoria Rd, Revoe, Blackpool)

Revoe-Movers: 12-week project exploring movement for well-being
(Wednesdays 4 September-4 December 6-8pm at New Life Community Centre, Queen Victoria Rd, Revoe, Blackpool)

New Views Playwriting Course: 10-week course building script-writing skills
(Mondays 14 October-16 December 7-9pm at The Oracle, St Annes Rd, Blackpool)
This course costs £100 to attend, however bursaries may be available.

Drop-in-Drama activity
More details shortly - please register your interest via our website.

 Last updated: 26 May 2020