Human nature will always baffle psychologists, our behaviour is a complex mixture of nature and nurture which is why we have some complete angels but conversely some utter rotters on this planet. Then there’s the different reactions people have to situations they face, for example if they are victims of a crime; some are consumed with revenge yet others turn the other cheek and an immediate reaction is very often quite different from how a person responds at a later date.
Take me for instance; the theatre was broken into last week and being the first one on the scene, I went through a host of emotions including fear, anger, frustration and real sadness. On the one hand I wanted to find the culprit and thump him/her but on the other hand I wanted to find them and ask ‘why’? But the greater emotion was sadness that anyone would want to harm our beautiful old girl who has survived two world wars, the ravages of the sea and a myriad of other threats and at all times, all she has wanted to do is make people happy, give them a few minutes or hours of pleasure, to escape into another world of fiction or fantasy.
But someone out there couldn’t see that, they didn’t care about anyone else but themselves. Without doubt, whoever they are, they are rotten to the core.
An extremely professional and kind police officer arrived; it had started to rain heavily. He gave me some advice and a direct contact should I need to speak to him again.
By the time he left the rain was coming down in stair rods and sadly we had to turn people away.
However, as that well know saying goes, the show must go on, and so it did with an outside performance of Pride and Prejudice. If you know the Marine Theatre then you are probably familiar with Theatre Square that sits adjacent to her. It is a very large public area that sits on top of the Wessex Waterworks and is perfect for an outside stage area. Not only does it command a spectacular location but it’s juxtaposition with the sea gives it an extra dramatic dynamic that has to be unique compared with most other theatres. It also helps when you have a fantastic theatrical group like Illyria who have established themselves as one of the best outside performers on the circuit.
With their beach and camping chairs to sit on and blankets to wrap round their legs to keep out the cooling sea breeze, the audience loved every minute of the show as the voices of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy were carried across the square on the south-westerly (that was perhaps a bit more than a breeze).
The week was rounded off with Jazz in the Lounge as Philip Clouts and Pete Canter brought the stress of the week to a relaxed and calming conclusion.
So I’m looking forward to the week ahead with the Lyme Regis carnival and on Saturday 12 August we have the Beach Boyz Band and The Story of the Beach Boys®
The other BIG event that is coming up is our major fundraiser a Nightingale Sang in Marine Square on Saturday 19 August. We are marking Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th year with an evening of wartime songs (thanks to Samantha the well known Vera tribute singer), dance and ration picnic bags. I’m hopeful everyone will turn up in vintage 40’s fashion, armed forces or otherwise, to give an extra stepping back in time feel to the evening.
I’d love to see you there, because despite the despicable people who broke into our dear old theatre, there’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after