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THE story of city shipbuilding is being brought to life in a dance spectacle.

As part of the Portsmouth Festivities, Portsmouth’s annual arts event, The Seafarers will explore Portsmouth’s heritage as a sea city.

Rehearsals are scheduled for mid-March and local people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are being encouraged to get involved as performers.

The world premiere of The Seafarers will take place this summer.

It has been designed by Stopgap Dance Company, along with creative organisations including indie folk band the Moulettes.

Boathouse Number 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will host the performance.

It is home to the new, south coast branch of the long established International Boatbuilding Training College.

The Seafarers official world premiere will be the first performance within the newly-renovated Boathouse.

There will also be a series of free talks and workshops, exploring the history and themes of the piece.

Tickets for the performance and accompanying workshops will be available with the launch of the full Portsmouth Festivities 2014 programme on Monday 27 April.

To book go to portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.

Groups interested in taking part should e-mail samantha@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call (023) 9268 1390.