February 5, 2016
Writing workshops mark start of Burnham's shops theatre project

The latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring.

Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed on Saturday 16th April when six professional actors will stage 48 free live performances in businesses across the town centre.

The countdown to the 'Trading Local' event is underway with the first of several writing workshops being held over the next few days.

Some of thoe present at this week's session had taken part in an earlier workshop held at Burnham Library and were able to share their work while others were there to find out more and get involved in the Trading Local project, which is co-ordinated by Sheila Hannon of The Show of Strength Theatre Company.

After an introduction into the programme and potted history about how the project was started, Sheila shared her passion for local shops and independent businesses which she grew up with, then decided to follow a career path in theatre.

There is still time to get involved with another two workshops arranged for Thursday 11th February between 2pm and 4pm at The Round Tower Guest House on Burnham's Esplanade and in the Courtyard Bar at the Royal Clarence Hotel on Wednesday 17th February between 7pm and 9pm.

There is no need to have been to any of the other workshops as an introduction to the project takes place at each one, come with ideas, enthusiasm, pen and paper!

If you would like more information contact Jacqui Strong or Selina Keedwell via

To help raise funds join us on Friday 5th February at the Ritz Social Club Quiz night and find out more about the project - £1 per person and if bringing a team max six people, from 7.30pm.

The work created from the writing workshops will be performed as a series of 5 minute monologues in shops and businesses around town on Saturday 16th April between 10am and 4pm. Those interested in helping support the actors on the day locating and escorting them around the town, please contact us.

Thanks to all the supporters for use of the venues for the workshops, distributing the fliers via your shops, help in kind and support of Take Art, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Co-Op funeral care.


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