of theatre shows in shops draws extra visitors to Burnham-On-Sea
steady flow of visitors headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(April 16th) when 48 live theatre performances were held in town
centre shops to promote small businesses.
unique day of shows was organised by Show of Strength theatre
company with the help of Burnham-On-Sea Community Theatre Group
as 12 original plays, written by people from the area, were performed
in 15 shops.
10-minute shows attracted positive feedback from the audiences
of between 20-60 people at each performance around the town.
actors William Bateman, Corrinne Curtis, Kim Hicks, David Reakes,
Lynda Rooke and Dee Sadler performed the shows, written by Richard
Baum, Ian Bussell, Anita Comerford, Kim Cook, Brian Humphreys,
Selina Keedwell, Jane Lee, Kim Lewis, Rebecca Stickland, Jacqui
Strong and Lucy Thomas.
was really impressed - this is a great for Burnham - and I would
like to see events like this held more often," visitor Lin
Lester told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
shows were very emotive and well written. I loved the seagull-themed
performance outside the Bay View Cafe where we had gulls swooping
over our heads on the seafront," added visitor Georgina Ough.
welcomed the visitors. Ron Bashford at Truckles farm shop told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The event had no impact on our sales,
but it certainly filled our shop with people and drew attention
to what we offer. Several people said they didn't know we had
a butcher like us in Burnham."
Ryan Mount added: "It was a very different event that actually
worked well for us. It raised awareness of what we offer and it
was great that people stayed around to talk to us after each show."
Fisher at The Pet Shop said: "It was nice to see lots of
extra people in the town - the showings we hosted here were crammed.
Profit-wise, it made no difference to our normal Saturday sales,
but it's nice to see different events like this being held in
Lawrence at Sweet Shack, another of the venues, said: "We've
been busy during the shows, but there's been little increase in
trade seen. It all helps, though, and it's nice to see a new event
event's producer, Sheila Hannon, said: "It's gone really
well. As I've wandered around the town I've seen many of the shops
busy with extra visitors and it's been great to welcome people
from as far afield as Bristol, London, Milton Keynes and Dawlish.
We'd definitely like to run more events like this across Somerset
and more in Burnham."
event's project manager, Jacqui Strong, said: "This project
has brought together schools, communities and the town centre
- we already have plans for the next project! It was great to
see people taking the time to visit and see some of the work that
has been created by the talented local people of our area."
Town Council gave funding of £7,000 towards the project,
and the other supporters were Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset
Community Foundation, Co-Op Funeral Care, Police Community Trust
Fund, Take Art and Burnham Chamber of Trade.
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds said: "Trading Local brought
some different people into the town centre - some new faces are
welcome for the town. A lot of people have been doing the trail
around the venues in the town centre and there's been positive
feedback from traders. It's also really encouraging that Jacqui
and the rest of the team have been so thorough in their evaluation
- I'm looking forward to seeing the results of their survey."