Friday 8 September
Sunday 17 December
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Please note that a 10% booking fee applies online and via the Tourist Info Centre
Show time: 8pm (no interval)
Tickets: Full Price £10, Concessions £8 (TF discount applies)
Gail will be performing her new production ‘Voices of the Sea’ on Friday 8 September and Sunday 17 December at the Marine Theatre.
This unusual and atmospheric performance piece will draw you into a captivating world inhabited by characters such as the salt-ridden sailor, the lonely lighthouse keeper and the mischievous mermaid. Devised by Gail McGarva, traditional wooden boatbuilder from Lyme Regis, and inspired by her love of the sea, the piece features beautiful original songs with haunting harmonies along with fragments of narrative, performed by the Sea Chorus, a group of local singers brought together especially for this project. Alongside the performance and outside the theatre, audience members can visit the Story Boat, a miniature maritime memories museum created by Gail from an upturned Dorset fishing boat from 1923.
Writer & director: Gail McGarva
Musical director & arrangements: Penny Dunscombe
11 September – 17 December The Story Boat Project
The Story Boat project is the creation of a miniature maritime memories museum from an upturned boat in which people’s memories will be recorded and preserved.
Traditional wooden boatbuilder Gail McGarva in collaboration with local wheelwrights Rowland & Son are giving a new lease of life on land to a retired Dorset fishing boat by transforming her into enchanting oral history recording and exhibition space.
The Story Boat will be in residence outside the Marine Theatre from September to December.
Gail will also be running children’s workshops inside the Story Boat telling the story of the mother-boat ‘Vera’ and the memories of objects housed inside her. Each child will be asked to bring something of their own to tell their own story or memory of the sea. A fragment of this story will be inscribed on a miniature plank which will be taken away as a keepsake of the Story Boat:
Monday 23 October – 11am & 2pm
Tuesday 24 October – 11am & 2pm
Duration of workshop: 1 hour
Age group: 7-11
Max number of children per workshop: 8
This project is supported by Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council and a wide range of local funders and supporters. The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, G.F Eyre Trust and local sponsors.
The oral history collection will be archived in Lyme Regis Museum.