Lyme and the Sea

Our Community Play in June 2022

Community plays are a great way to show your talent or learn new skills. Our next Community Play is happening. We have a play, a director, and a core team.

Following the success and fun we had with the Tempest, Monmouth and Are You Going to the Marine? screenwriter and theatre patron Andrew Rattenbury has written another play for us: ‘Lyme and the Sea’. The theme of the play is the close connections with the sea for the local community through the ages. Through many songs—shanties included—and lively music, actors celebrate the sea and tell the story. 

Auditions take place on 28 and 29 November and the play takes place in June 2022.

Images from Monmouth – a previous community play

There are parts and opportunities for our community groups to get involved. We will also need backstage crew , costume, and makeup enthusiasts to work with us on the show. We are planning workshops in the different skill sets to make this a learning and supportive experience for everyone including our youngest. 

There is casting in early December and rehearsals will be once a week in January. Rehearsals start in January 2022, but you will not need to come every week until after Easter and even then, rehearsals will be staggered.

See you at the Marine. 

We had a wonderful turn out at our introduction meetings in October. Thank you all for coming.
For those who could not make those meetings, do not worry, if you want to be involved, you are in!
Please email communityplay@marinetheatre.com. Give your email address, a phone number and say how you would like to be involved.
You could act, sing, dance, be in the stage crew, make costumes, do make-up or hair, help with social media, or have a mixture of roles.

We will put you on the list.

What is a community play?

The purpose of a community play is to enable the widest number of people in a community to produce and participate in an original play that is challenging, contemporarily relevant and of high artistic quality. The plays are inclusive in all aspects, anyone and everyone can participate in all areas of producing the play including management, design, making, research,  acting and much more. The production is community owned and community led.  The process of producing a community play releases and develops the thinking, talents and skills of individuals and the community – often leading to further collective and creative activity long after the play is over.  Through the months leading up to the production, an abundance of activities, meetings, workshops and rehearsals develop friendships and support between people that represent a major reward of the work. The result is that people feel better connected to each other, to their sense of place and belonging. Participants leave feeling empowered to shape the places they live or work and to take a more proactive role in community life.