APPARENTLY it’s time to start thinking about your beach body; after the excesses of Christmas and New Year followed by the January blues, what better time to look at yourself in the mirror and imagine you’re lying on a sun-kissed Jurassic Coast drenched in factor four… yeah, right, you’re much better off getting yourself down to Lyme Regis Comedy Club on March 23 with headliner Glengarry Glen Glenn and having a good laugh.
Talking of the heat, remember this time last year when Lyme was hit with several inches of snow? So far we’ve had a small sprinkling that brought everything to a grinding halt (though not the Marine, we carried on regardless), that was closely followed by some fantastically sunny days when Bridport photographer Dawn Potter dropped in to take a closer look at the theatre; she’s going to be one of our recommended wedding photographers. I also met local florist Lavender Blue and celebrant Alicen Dines.
I was working to the sound of Wagner’s ‘Die Walkure’ playing in the background as Steve our techie ran the trailer for this fantastic opera that we are screening on Monday, April 1. You probably know the familiar ‘Cry of the Valkyries’ that for me has always conjured up an image of warring Vikings striding across the battlefield. So it came as a bit of a surprise when I watched the footage and saw a row of rather butch women reining in what I can only describe as enormous planks of wood. But what do I know?
It was of course half term and with the unseasonably warm weather, Lyme was very busy with holidaymakers but only the children were mad enough to strip down to their swimwear. I also heard from Jazz Jurassica’s Julie Sheppard, who has been sunning herself on warmer shores and will no doubt return to the UK with a nicely bronzed beach body.
Our film night, ‘A Star is Born’, was a huge success. I came along with pretty low expectations of Lady Gaga’s acting ability but was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We have some excellent films coming up including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘The Favourite’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and of course the sing-along version of ‘The Greatest Showman’. Think of all those calories you’ll burn off walking to and from the bar along with singing along to your favourite songs.
There was much excitement when the news finally broke about Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan coming to Lyme. Stars in the Mary Anning feature film, the whole thing is causing quite a stir amongst the locals including our bar manager Claire who is hoping for a walk-on role.
We enjoyed a great piece of theatre when Mark Farrelly brought ‘Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope’ to the Marine. There were some great audience comments on Twitter and Mark loved the Marine, describing it as “magical: a sparkly gem perching on the Dorset coast”.
The European Small-Scale Fisheries Exchange took up residence here with fishermen from across Europe including Greece, Italy and Cyprus meeting to discuss sustainability and challenges of the fishing industry. The theatre was awash with fish, crustaceans and all things aquatic; I was minded of my winter white skin as I eyeballed some fresh fish on display.
I won’t be exposing my beach body anytime soon!