Marine Theatre's R and D by the Sea in Photographs

In 2013, Lyme Regis’s Marine Theatre started an exciting and innovative programme called R&D by the Sea which gives artists use of the theatre and its facilities for a 5-day period to develop their work. At the end of their week-long stay, the groups share what they’ve developed with an audience in an informal setting with time for feedback afterwards. Lyme Regis photographer Peter Wiles had access to many of the companies during rehearsals and end of week performances, and he will be exhibiting his photographic record of R & D By the Sea at three locations during this year’s Lyme Regis ArtsFest.

 Bo Diddlers


Already 13 companies have used the R&D by the Sea opportunity. Two R&D by the Sea companies have already returned to the Marine Theatre with shows, Bo Diddlers and the Shanty Theatre Company with The Story Giant. Two have appeared at the Edinburgh Festival.  As Tim Bell, the Marine's co-director, says: "We all need time to delight, surprise, scare and confuse ourselves and fertile ground on which to develop. The theatre's facilities and stunning location provide an ideal location to nurture this process."

As official recorder of the programme, Peter says "What struck me about these extraordinarily diverse groups has been the shared commitment and energy to develop their work. They often show high levels of mutual trust, respect and teamwork and sometimes just sheer slog to make progress.

“Visually I have been interested not just in the performance work, but also the ways the space at the Marine is used and the 'props', the clutter that often accumulate in rehearsal spaces. I've kept to the tradition of using black and white images for theatre rehearsals and keeping the prints informal in nature, not mounted or framed."

The R&D by the Sea Exhibition can be seen from 20-28 September at Peter's Lym House Open Studio at 1 Mill Green, 10am - 4pm and outside the Marine Theatre and from 18-28 September at the Lyme Regis Museum, Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11pm - 5pm (admission free).

Any enquiries to Peter Wiles 01297 445823.  Information about the Lyme Regis ArtsFest is at or from brochures available at the Lyme Regis TIC and all over town.


Karol Kulik, Lyme Regis ArtsFest

Published on 09/09/2014.

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