Youth theatre to celebrate Mary Anning

A NEW summer school for budding actors and actresses will celebrate Lyme Regis’ famed fossil hunter, Mary Anning.

Exeter Northcott and the Marine Theatre have joined forces to launch a significant new youth theatre summer school, based in Lyme Regis.

Starting on August 13 at the Marine Theatre, the Marine Young Company marks a major step forward in placing young people at the heart of the venue.

Exeter Northcott’s Lizzie Hedden will lead the tuition, culminating in a performance at the venue for friends and family. Students will spend a fun, practical week creating their own piece of theatre from scratch. They will devise the work as a ‘company’ and it will be centred on the life of the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning – a key figure in the history of Lyme Regis.

It is a regular opportunity for 15 young people to make thought-provoking theatre together in a professional setting. No previous acting experience is required, and enthusiastic young performers are invited to apply by contacting the Marine Theatre on 01297 442394.

David Harraway, production director from Bristol Old Vic, is a trustee of Marine Theatre and one of the driving forces behind the new initiative.

He said: “We’re so pleased to make this announcement. The benefits to young people in the community will be numerous. Many actors start their careers acquiring skills and performing in youth theatre.

“It’s also fantastic for them to work as a team towards a common goal, and see all the tasks in a theatre that are less obvious – from sound engineering to marketing.”

Paul Jepson, artistic and executive director of Exeter Northcott, is excited to see the project in motion.

“It’s immensely satisfying to launch the Marine Young Company,” he said.

“Our own youth theatre has been a huge success. It is important for arts organisations to work together so we can share this expertise.

“This example is gratifying – together we are nurturing the talents of more youngsters in another community.”

More information is available by calling 01297 442394 or visit

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