A new history project centred around Berrow’s beach shipwreck is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea this month.

Led by Burnham resident and producer Corrinne Curtis, The Nornen Project aims to bring the story of the shipwreck to life with a series of events and the creation of a brand-new theatrical production.

It’s being held to celebrate the 125th anniversary of this local beach landmark in 2022.

The project will see community members taking part in talks, workshops, and research and Development sessions alongside the professional company.

Community members will be able to contribute ideas for the theatrical show, which will be devised from scratch with a professional team, ready for full production in Burnham with funding from regional drama group Seed Sedgemoor.

Producer Corrinne Curtis says: “Come armed with your own stories from the past, a listening ear and an open imagination.”

On Wednesday 27th October from 10am-1pm and Thursday 4th November 6pm-9pm, local historian John Strickland will deliver talks about the Nornen and the history of Burnham, Highbridge and Berrow.

Join John at the Morland Community Hub for the free talks and an open discussion. Participants can share their own local knowledge and stories and discuss how local history and culture can be reflected in the show.

Then on Tuesday 23rd November from 6pm-9pm and Friday 10th December from 10am-1pm,  a workshop on making theatre will be held.

“This workshop is open to everyone. We will give you an insight into the skills and techniques involved in making the bare bones of a play without the pressure of performing,” says Corrinne Curtis.

“Delivered by an experienced theatre professional, participants will learn the skills and processes involved in devising: creating a play from scratch, rather than working from a script.”

“Participants will have the chance to practically apply these skills, as well as any local knowledge that they have, to create theatrical material related to the story of the Nornen.”

“On Wednesday 19th January 2022 from 10am-1pm and Thursday 27th January 2022 2pm-5pm, come Behind the Scenes with the Professionals at The Princess Theatre to see what it’s like to work on a professional theatre production.”

“Come and join the professional cast and creative team as they research and develop the story of the Nornen into a brand-new play. This is a chance to not just see a professional show in the making, but to be a part of shaping the show with your own ideas and local knowledge.”

All activities are free, but ticketed. Book with the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre on 01278 784464 or at theprincesstheatre.co.uk.

Each activity is BSL Interpreted, includes free food (book in advance to guarantee your choice), and free accessible transport for those who need it. When booking, please let the Box Office know about any access or dietary requirements.

Also see: the history of Berrow shipwreck 


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