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Students air concerns over coastline

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 05 July 2010

THE future of Suffolk and Norfolk's threatened coastline is to be highlighted by a group of drama students using video cameras and microphones.

With its apt title of Canute, the group of youngsters, aged 13 to 19, are making a film and radio programme detailing their concerns over the loss of land and homes to the North Sea due to global climate change.

THE future of Suffolk and Norfolk's threatened coastline is to be highlighted by a group of drama students using video cameras and microphones.

With its apt title of Canute, the group of youngsters, aged 13 to 19, are making a film and radio programme detailing their concerns over the loss of land and homes to the North Sea due to global climate change.

The group, under the tutelage of Suffolk based-theatre director James Holloway, has already recorded scenes at Easton Bavents, near Lowestoft.

And the environmentally concerned students hope to interview Peter Boggis who recently won a landmark legal victory over the right to set up sea defences at his Easton Bavents home.

The group also want to interview Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer and local celebrities Emma Freud and Richard Curtis who have all campaigned to prevent their communities from being submerged under sea water.

Canute will be premiered as a film and radio broadcast at the Cut arts venue in Halesworth on January 30.

The drama students will also be sending copies of the programme to the Prime Minister and schools and will post a version on to the internet to support the fight to protect coastal communities.

One of the group Poppy Roy, 15 and from Rumburgh, near Halesworth, said: “Most young people are passionate about climate change. We are the ones who will have to cope with it in the future.”

Canute is being funded by Media Box which provided £20,000 for the project with Crank Media and the Mouth Theatre also supporting the students.

Anyone wishing to join in the making of Canute can visit www.canuteproject.net

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