Lowestoft looking for next Leona Lewis

FORGET the X-Factor, a new live talent show is coming to Lowestoft set to uncover a number of rising stars.The Journal has gone into partnership with the Seagull Theatre, in Pakefield, to bring a professional summer competition to the area, giving people the chance to perform to an audience, as well as pick up a wad of cash.

FORGET the X-Factor, a new live talent show is coming to Lowestoft set to uncover a number of rising stars.

The Journal has gone into partnership with the Seagull Theatre, in Pakefield, to bring a professional summer competition to the area, giving people the chance to perform to an audience, as well as pick up a wad of cash.

Budding singers, dancers, groups, actors, comedians, magicians and even ventriloquists of all ages will have the opportunity to audition for The S-Factor, in front of judges during a series of heats and could end up as the next Alexandra Burke, Leonna Lewis or Shane Ward.

The contest will be held at the Seagull, in Morton Road, and eventually an overall winner will be chosen, taking away a minimum of �500 for their efforts.


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Theatre manager John Hales said he hoped those victorious would be able to take part in future Seagull productions, as well as get their name known in wider arenas.

He said: 'It means that people can come and have fun and have their moment. I never cease to be amazed by the gems of talent we have here. You never know who it's going to throw up. The thing the Seagull has always done brilliantly is finding new talent and this is a chance to explore that and see who we can find. At the same time people will be helping the theatre, which is going from strength to strength.'

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Mr Hales added that he was already starting to see lots of talent emerge within the classes provided at the theatre. They include stage combat, acting for adults, Seagull Youth Theatre, street dance, contemporary dance and the Seagull Community Choir.

The closing date for S-Factor entries is May 15, with the first heat provisionally taking place on May 24. The final is due to take place at the beginning of August.

Artists will be asked to provide their own backing track, but the theatre will provide a PA.

Entry is �6 per individual, with groups just �10.

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