writing workshop draws plans for town centre theatre project
20 people attended a unique writing workshop in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (January 23rd) as part of the first phase of an arts
project that will bring theatrical performances to shops in the
town this Spring.
professional actors will stage 48 free live performances in shops
across the town centre on Saturday 16th April as part of the 'Trading
countdown to the event started on Saturday with the first of four
free writing workshops, which was held at Burnham-On-Sea Library.
workshop was very successful and we were inspired by the people
sharing their ideas," said project manager Jacqui Strong.
words have been put onto paper and shared with the group - ideas
that could be seen performed around the town as part of Trading
Local project. Over 20 writers came together at the Library in
Princess Street. There was such a positive response we are wondering
whether there is more we could consider in the future."
next workshop is on Tuesday 2nd February at the Crafty Teacup
between 10am and mid-day. You do not have to attended Saturday's
workshop to come along, no experience needed, and if you have
an idea for a monologue, but are not sure where to start or have
never written before but just need some guidance, then come along
and get involved."
will be held on February 2nd from 10am-12 noon at Crafty Teacup
cafe in Victoria Street; on February 11th from 2-4pm at The Round
Tower Guesthouse on The Esplanade; and on February 17th at the
Royal Clarence from 7pm-9pm.
organisers are seeking first time and experienced writers to create
five-minute scripts specifically for, and about, the town.
will be selected for professional production and audiences, residents,
shoppers and visitors will see the results on Saturday 16th April.
project is being organised in association with Burnham Community
Theatre Group, supported by Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge Town
Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Co-op Funeral Care and Take
Art. The group has also involved Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade
and Commerce in setting up the event.
project is also being backed by Burnham-On-Sea Community Theatre
group, which was set up in 2015 with the aim of making the professional
theatre experience available to all, to work with everyone in
the local community.
additional project is running alongside within schools and residential
homes, encouraging young people to write short stories as part
of a competition. The stories will hopefully be shared amongst
the residential homes later in the year who may not be able to
access the event but would want to be involved.
group has also organised a quiz night at the Ritz Social Club
on Friday 5th February from 7.30pm. Entry will be £1 per
person and all funds will help bring Trading Local to the town.
More information is available from Jacqui Strong or Selina Keedwell