Lyme Regis theatre to host production inspired by the sea

Julie Burton created the promotional image for Gail McGarva's performance of Voices of the Sea, Pict

Julie Burton created the promotional image for Gail McGarva's performance of Voices of the Sea, Picture: Julie Burton - Credit: Archant

Gail McGarva’s sea-inspired show will feature some haunting harmonies.

Voices of the Sea, will open at the Marine Theatre on Friday, September 8.

It is an unusual and atmospheric performance piece that aims to draw you into a captivating world inhabited by characters such as a salt-ridden sailor, a lonely lighthouse keeper and a mischievous mermaid.

Devised by Gail McGarva, traditional wooden boat builder from Lyme Regis, and inspired by her love of the sea, the piece features beautiful original songs with haunting harmonies along with fragments of narrative, performed by the Sea Chorus, a group of local singers brought together especially for this project.

The music has been arranged and directed by Penny Dunscombe.

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Alongside the performance and outside the theatre, audience members can visit the Story Boat, a miniature maritime memories museum created by Gail from an upturned Dorset fishing boat built in 1923.

This project is supported by the Arts Council, West Dorset District Council, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, G.F Eyre Trust and local sponsors.

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Doors open at 7pm, and at 7.15pm, Gail will be giving a short introductory talk, leaving time to visit the Story Boat or Marine Bar before the actual performance starts at 8pm, lasting for about an hour.

Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions and are available from the Lyme TIC, online at or on the door.

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