Kismet’s latest production marks a series of firsts for the acclaimed local theatre group, a world premiere, a collaboration with a national organisation and a community developed project with a conservational twist.
And now after six months preparation, Marshsongs is here.
Kismet is the Knowledgeable Imaginative Seductive Minacious Extraordinary Theatre company.
Commissioned by the RSPB to promote the new habitat creation project at Beckingham Marshes, Marshsongs is written by local playwright and Gainsborough Academy Deputy Michael Hatfield.
Using a family friendly blend of drama, movement, music, song, visual art, poetry and dance, the play charts the history of the site from its origins to its modern day revival, a local history which reflects Britain’s national development across the years.
It combines powerful drama, gentle humour and amazing sound and visuals to create a thoroughly surprising and entertaining production with universal appeal.
The production also reflects local community involvement with the project through a series of workshops and activities which have been taking place in the six months preparation period.
The set and props, which boasts some spectacular willow renditions of marsh flora and fauna, were created through workshops with the local community, as was the centrepiece costume, the Marsh Coat.
The production also features creative writing from local schools and writing groups, and will include two performance pieces from the Performing Arts Club of St John’s.
Premiering with just four performances and strictly limited seating, Marshsongs, is being performed at Beckingham Village Hall on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September, then transfers to Gainsborough Old Hall on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September.
Performances start at 7.30pm and are staged in traverse.
Tickets cost £5 and £3 forconcessions and are available on 07756 500292.