Marine hosts maritime-theme weekend

SAIL away at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis with a maritime-theme weekend that marries a local shanty-singing group with a film about a man’s attempt to revive the traditional Caribbean boat-building scene.

Lyme Regis’ popular shanty choir Harbour Voices presents its brand new show ‘The Pull of the Tide’ at the Marine Theatre on Friday, November 1.

Riding high from previously sold-out performances, Harbour Voices’ current show intertwines the traditional and contemporary, including famous and familiar shanties alongside newly written songs.

The performance also has the added dimension of narrative vignettes performed by the group who pay tribute and bring life to their collective maritime heritage.

Originally formed to support the Lyme Regis Gig Club, the group have evolved under the artistic direction of Penny Dunscombe into the group it is today.

Mark Hewitt took over as musical director in 2018 and continues to develop the local choir’s ever-expanding repertoire, and under his direction the group has debuted new songs as well as a new look for this year’s show.

To tie in with this nautical event, the Marine Theatre will be screening ‘Vanishing Sail’ the following day – Saturday, November 2.

The film charts Alwyn Enoe’s nautical swan song as he builds a sloop in an attempt to resurrect the diminishing boat-building scene in the Lesser Antilles by teaching his sons. His journey echoes the movements of the waves themselves as the film follows his progress and despair over three years.

Intermingled with Alwyn’s narrative is the introduction and discovery of other important figures in the Caribbean’s traditional boat scene – the films recalls inspirational and haunting tales of what these historical vessels mean to the people, their lives, and the Caribbean.

Tickets for the Harbour Voices concert cost £12 advance or £15 on the door, and for the screening of ‘Vanishing Sail’ are £6 in advance, £7.50 on the door or the special price of £5 for Harbour Voices ticket-holders. There is also a 10 per cent discount to both events for theatre members.

To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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