Theatre celebrations seem like a lifetime ago

YOU really can have too much of a good thing. Sitting in my cubicle sized theatre office occasionally gazing out of my window at the glittering sea and blue sky, I would long for my lunchbreak so I could take in a few rays or go for a cooling dip.

But that was then and now is now and dare I say, I’m close to having too much sun, sea and prosecco. And judging by the colour of people I pass, at a safe distance, everyone else has been doing much the same.

Although I can’t speak about their alcohol consumption, notwithstanding the country’s increase in booze buying that has leapt by 67 per cent since lockdown. But I won’t judge.

The other thing that is helping to fill our time is finding ways to keep fit. There are apparently plenty of online classes to enjoy. I obediently follow a daily exercise routine, I’m beginning to feel a bit like Sarah Connor, remember that scene of her in the prison cell getting super fit to take on the Terminator when she eventually gets out of prison.

Anyhow, I digress. Do you remember it was the Marine’s 125th anniversary last year? It seems a lifetime ago since we were celebrating this great milestone, but even though the Marine has been around for 125 years, it is still in its infancy when it comes to being the south-west’s hub of entertainment.

We are looking forward to the day we can fling open the doors once more but in the meantime we are keeping our website up to date and have set up a donation page to help us through this tricky time. If you go to and scroll down you will see the link to our coronavirus page.

I met my dear friend and brilliant actress Viv Keene for a socially distanced tumbler of prosecco on the beach (it was a Sunday afternoon if you’re wondering, so perfectly acceptable) and if there is anyone with her ear to the theatre ground, it’s Viv.

She told me the sad news about the Southport and Nuffield Southampton theatres and Prince Charles has issued a stark warning that we need to find a way to keep the Arts alive during these difficult times. But if there is one thing the Marine is good at and that’s riding the storm and given our location, we’re best placed to do just that!

Other Marine friends I met include the lovely Karen, she of the Lyme Splash and planned water polo match. She was out with her lurcher when our paths crossed, albeit 2 metres apart, outside the Uplyme Stores and she keenly asked after the theatre. I received some flowers, quite unexpectedly.

Delivered by Lyme’s House of Flowers, I squealed in delight having bemoaned the lack of romance in my life. Sadly they were not from any secret admirer but just as nice, a lovely thank you from a friend I helped out. So still a wonderful surprise but I continue to live in hope.

I also live in hope of my hairdresser opening soon, what with my bronzed body, sun and sea-bleached unruly tangled hair and bubbly on the beach, I’m in danger of going native.

Sophia Moseley
Theatre manager

Woodmead Halls
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