PREPARATIONS for the 2017 community play at Lyme Regis continue with a screening of Comrades on Thursday 23rd March. The 1986 film, directed by Bill Douglas (his last film), depicts the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who created an early form of trade union and were arrested as a result in 1834. The film features an all-star cast including James Fox, Robert Stephens and Vanessa Redgrave.
On 13th April, the Monmouth Project programme features a screening of Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History – England’s Last Battle: The West Country (2015) at the Marine Theatre on Thursday 13th April at 7.30pm.
The evening will be an introduction to the background of the Monmouth Rebellion, which is inextricably linked with Lyme, where the ill-fated rebels first landed in 1685.
On 28th April, in the Marine bar from 6pm, David Sebborn, who was education and outreach officer at Bridgwater’s Blake Museum, will give a costumed account of Parson Paschall’s Tale, “the sad story of the Monmouth Rebellion, 1685, told at first hand by the Reverend. Andrew Paschall, Rector of Chedzoy.”
The community play, directed by the Marine’s Clemmie Reynolds, follows the success of last year’s Tempest of Lyme, and will be staged in the open air by the theatre in July.
Pictured: A still from Comrades.