Full-on half term at Marine with something for everyone!

marine theatreISN’T it nice when you receive an unexpected gift? This month one of our marvellous volunteers who had read my column online whilst staying in Cornwall, presented me with a mug with a mugshot of the man himself. So I now enjoy my mid-morning cuppa sipping out of the top of Poldarks’ hat.

Anyway, I won’t revisit that fantasy because it’s just too busy here at the Marine.

Some months are busy but others are manic, insanely, whirling dervishly busy. Half term was especially full-on with something for everyone including family cinema, theatre, comedy and music.

We also had a one-off drama workshop in collaboration with Paines Plough when a group of Woodroffe drama students learned how to create and perform a short piece of theatre. If the applause was anything to go by, it was a roaring success.

Paines Plough are bringing their theatre production of ‘Pop Music’ to the Marine on November 27. This show is going to make you laugh… or maybe cry, but if you’ve seen Paines before (they brought ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ to the Marine), you know you’re in for a treat.

Have you noticed our front of house volunteers are now sporting very attractive black T-shirts? The new batch arrived this month (T-shirts not volunteers) so now you will always recognise our brilliantly helpful team should you have any questions when you arrive.

Our variety of entertainment has led to a lot of discussion with people clamouring to get a copy of our brochure the moment it’s available and no more so than the latest one. The winter programme launch party in the Marine bar was a huge success with Theatre Friends, volunteers, trustees and local councillors.

I was privileged to see Councillor Jeff Scowen’s latest work of art, dedicated to Lyme’s Mary Anning, albeit an image on his iPhone. Anyway, works of art aside, everyone agreed it was the best programme yet.

The Marine Players’ Christmas Carol rehearsals have moved up a gear. I haven’t been privy to much of it, but the snippets I have seen look brilliant. Duty manager Tom is keeping is keeping it very much under his hat.

One thing that isn’t a secret is the excellent musical line-up we have planned for this month to get you in the Christmas party mood. There’s Dat Brass on November 17, Gigspanner Big Band on November 21 and the Simmertones on the November 23. In fact, one of those will be perfect for your firm’s Christmas party!

Talking of which, I’ve booked our theatre Christmas ‘do’. I used to organise the firm’s do when I worked in the city and it was always at lunchtime which meant the rest of the day was a right-off. Can’t be doing that now, not only have I gone for an evening slot, it’s a Friday evening so no need to worry about the sore head in the morning. I just hope The Pilot Boat have stocked up with prosecco given the ladies from the TIC are going to be joining us.

Did I tell you I sold my car and I’m on the look-out for a new one? If Audi happen to be reading this column, it’s the A3 Cabriolet I’m after and after all, Christmas is just round the corner.

Sophia Moseley,
Theatre Manager

Woodmead Halls

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