Hail Hail, The Ship Is Here!…

Written by ‘Monmouth’ Trainee-Producer & Actress Becky Varndell

With just two weeks to go until the opening night of our Lyme Regis Community Play ‘Monmouth’, the cast and crew have been very busy rehearsing and putting the finishing touches together.

On Sunday evening we donned our 17th century costumes and headed for the Cobb in sweltering conditions to practice the pre-play procession. We got some odd looks from the hoards of holidaymakers enjoying their chips along the seafront but generally generated a lot of excitement as we paraded past practicing our rebellion songs.

The rehearsal was fantastic and despite the heat everyone was in very high spirits; dedicated, energetic and open to new developments. It’s so fantastic to observe a wide-ranging group of local people of all ages and abilities coming together to create a community. It really has become something of a family.

Speaking of local talents we are thrilled to have renowned local photographer Si Emmett as our official ‘Monmouth’ photographer. He came along with us on Sunday to take some photographs of the Duke of Monmouth’s landing on the Cobb and the subsequent rebellion procession up to the theatre. Take a look at some of his fantastic photographs:

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‘Monmouth’ will be performed at the Marine Theatre on 6,7,8 & 13,14,15 July

The optional pre-play procession begins at 6.45pm on the sandy beach and the play begins at 7.30pm inside the Marine Theatre (approx two hours running time including interval).

Book your tickets here or contact Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138.